Austin Connection Movie Review – Hit & Run


Hit and Run

Hit & Run is a comedy about a young couple that risks it all when they leave their small town life and embark on a road trip that may lead them towards the opportunity of a lifetime. The action and adventure begin when former getaway driver Charlie Bronson jeopardizes his Witness Protection Plan identity in order to help his girlfriend get to Los Angeles.

I must admit I was expecting a bit more from the car chase rom-com written by Dax Shepard. There was action in the movie but it all felt unbelievable at times. There were a few redeeming qualities, however. One was the great on-screen chemistry of Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell. The other was the oh-so-fun-loving bumbling idiot US Marshall character played by Tom Arnold.

I know this movie has a hidden element and its is about relationships. But I wanted to see what the previews showed… ACTION! And with a name like Hit & Run I just expected more action and less romance. On a side note, I did read that Dax pays homage to some old school car chase movies like Bullit and Smokey and the Bandit. And Dax does all the driving, there are no stunt drivers. Oh, did I mention it was in a souped up 1967 Lincoln Continental for most of the movie?

hit and run posterOverall there were some decent moments but nothing that made this movie memorable, and that’s what I want when I walk out of a theater. Shepard could have had a really great screenplay had he kept the characters more real and not so over-the-top. Bradley Cooper’s character was just so unbelievably miscast it was hard to take his character seriously.

I always go in wanting the movie to succeed. I loved Dax in the Mike Judge’s Idiocracy, but the jokes are few and far between in Hit & Run.

Hit & Run was more like a Swing & MISS!

But you can tell they really put a lot of heart into this movie and that saves it from getting a 2 Nerdskull rating.

I give it a 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

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