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Pizza is pizza. Read full review


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As useless as week-old cheese pizza. Read full review

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  • 40

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Fleischer stages one chase scene with a bit of comic flair but otherwise never locates that mix of macabre action and comedy that at least made "Zombieland" amusing.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    30 Minutes or Less is "Pineapple Express" gone sour.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    There's nothing nice about 30 Minutes or Less. It's got no redeeming social value. It just ticks away, exploding all notions of where you think it's going to go. It blew me sideways.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 17 & under

Language + sex + violence = funny, but not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this subversive, mature comedy earns its R rating with lots of adult material -- from partial nudity to drug use, violence, and swearing. The villains catch the main character, strap a bomb to his chest, and force him to rob a bank. Guns are also pulled, a flame thrower is used as a weapon, and there are car crashes, fights, and at least one dead body. A strip club scene includes topless women; there are also some implied sex acts (including oral sex) and lots of innuendo. Language is constant, including "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "t-ts," and "c--k." Characters also drink lots of beer and smoke some pot.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How does the movie's comic tone affect its impact?

  • Are Nick and Chet role models? If not, what makes them interesting characters?

  • How does the movie depict drinking and drug use? What are the real-life consequences of substance use?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Though there are moments of bravery and empathy, the movie's final message is fairly negative. The bad guys' evil scheme is excessively violent, showing anger, lust, and greed. And the way the heroes respond isn't very noble, either.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Most of the characters are greedy and/or selfish. Even the two heroes don't display the most admirable behavior. They fight, lie to each other, and treat each other without much respect. During the course of the action, they do learn to empathize with one another, but their bad behavior is also rewarded.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The main character spends most of the movie with a live bomb strapped to his chest. Guns are pulled fairly often, and a flame thrower is used (with one flaming victim). One character has a pen gun. There's blood, and at least one character dies. One character hires a killer to bump off his father. There are car chases and crashes and physical fights. Characters watch scenes from a Friday the 13th movie on a big-screen TV.

  • sex false4

    Sex: The bad guys visit a strip club, where several topless women are seen. One of the main characters receives oral sex (off screen) in a car. One character receives a lap dance on screen. He plans to open a massage parlor that obviously caters to sexual desires (there's a fake commercial for it after the closing credits). Also lots of strong sexual innuendo and humor.

  • language false5

    Language: Strong, constant language includes "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "t-ts," "c--k," "bitch," "d--k," "hell," "a--hole," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," and more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Facebook and "O'Douls" (non-alcoholic beer) are each mentioned once. The "5 Hour Energy" drink is used as part of a joke.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: No one is shown to have a drug problem, and no one is a dealer, but the main characters are seen smoking pot and drinking beer. The bad guys drink beer even more often, though the beer drinking more or less stops after the bomb goes online.