Randy's Review - 'Hit and Miss'

Friday, August 31, 2012
Randy's Review: "Hit and Run" On a scale of 5 popcorn buckets, "Hit and Run" earns 2 1/2. You might want to go with a combination of seasonings because there's just no telling what kind of taste this one if going to leave. Wash it down with some diet pop, just for the aftertaste. Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, graphic nudity, some violence and drug content. Run time: 100 minutes. This film was reviewed at Southpark 7 in Spencer.

Randy's Review - 'Hit and Run'

I'm still trying to figure this one out.

Was "Hit and Run" a comedy, a romance or an action flick.

Perhaps the best way to describe it is a romactionomedy. Ya, that's it.

Dax Shepard, who started his road to fame, helping Ashton Kutcher as an original member of MTV's Punk'd crew, performing naked calesthentics in front of a mortified Jessica Alba, wrote and co-directed this story, starring himself and girlfriend Kristen Bell.

Shepard is Charlie Bronson/Yul Perkins, living in a rural community as part of the Witness Protection Program. His former life, as Yul, a getaway driver for a group of bank robbers, is in his past. After turning over evidence against his former criminal friends to protect his fiance, Charlie, has started a new life with Annie (Bell), who is a student of peaceful conflict resolution.

Monitoring Charlie's safety is Randy Anderson (Tom Arnold), a bumbling federal marshal, who has problems with both his gun and his vehicle. It seems like Charlie should be watching out for Randy's well being most of the time, serving as a counselor to Randy's frequent meltdowns.

When Annie gets a job offer to head up a new department on non-violent conflict resolution at a California college, Charlie decides he can't hold her back, and the two set off to his old stomping grounds in Los Angeles, despite the threat to his life.

Annie's former boyfriend, Gil (Michael Rosenbaum), rats out Charlie's return to L.A. to his former partners, led by Alex Dimitri (a dread-locked Bradley Cooper).

Car chases and comic situations litter the romance between the two main characters as Annie tries to come to grips with Charlie's past life and what she perceives as lies that have come between them.

Just be forewarned, be cautious when entering hotel rooms. Make sure you have the right room.

Some brief but comedic cameos by Sean Hayes, as Annie's potential college department head, and Jason Bateman as another federal marshal; along with Kristin Chenoweth as Annie's pill-popping college friend Debbie Kreeger add some solid humor to the picture; and Beau Bridges turns up as Clint Perkins, Charlie's dad.

I can't call it great, but it wasn't awful either. It kind of just was. It left you wondering what you'd just watched, but not upset that you sat through it.

Might want to wait for video, but worth the rental.

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