Friday, August 24, 2012

Hit and Run

Real life couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard star in this action comedy road movie written and co-directed by Shepard.  She just got offered the job of her dreams, but he's not happy about it.  The problem is it's in Los Angeles and he's in the witness protection program and specifically avoiding L.A.  But love makes you do stupid things.

My opinion of this movie waxed and waned a bit throughout its 100 minutes.  On one hand, I do love Kristen Bell and kind of wish she was in every movie.  And you get the feeling that the quarrelsome yet loving 'Mad About You' relationship she has with Shepard on screen is probably pretty close to reality.  So the chemistry is definitely there.  Plus, the supporting cast is strong, including Tom Arnold, Bradley Cooper, and Kristen Chenoweth.  But every time I thought the film might approach the A range, a ridiculous scene with long passages of ridiculous dialogue would follow, assuring it shouldn't get anywhere close to an A.  I suspect lots of critics might pan it, but overall I enjoyed it.  It's a pretty smooth and pretty fun watch with a charismatic cast.

Grade: B

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