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Hit & Run Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

Fast and the opposite of furious. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    50

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Its high-octane but low-stakes action might be just the thing for moviegoers weary of summer's operatic superheroes.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This fun-loving genre-bender, inspired by "Smokey and the Bandit," opens languidly, then picks up the pace. Even in the midst of cars racing, it's funny and endearing.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The dialogue veers into digressions about ADHD, the cruddiness of mainstream dog food, and much else. That these asides prove more fun than the central action is what gives Hit & Run its flavor: tasty at times, even if the film evaporates as you watch it.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There's a lot of funny stuff, but the most unexpected comes from Arnold, who has been uneven, to say the least, in his movies.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Real-life couple has chemistry in raunchy car-chase flick.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hit & Run is an action comedy that includes brief full-frontal nudity, drug use, violence, and extremely strong language -- all of which make it inappropriate for young teens. The language is pervasive -- nearly every line of dialogue contains a "f--k" or "s--t," and there are some potentially offensive comments about rape and ethnicity. In two brief scenes, the audience sees a group of seniors completely naked (an orgy is implied but not shown), but otherwise the sexuality is more PG-13 than R (some passionate kissing, conversations in bed, a reference to a massage having a "happy ending" and discussions of sexual orientation). Violence includes bloody hand-to-hand combat and gun use, though overall the movie's tone is light.

  • Families can talk about Hit & Run's blend of romance and action. What resonated with you more -- the romantic comedy between Annie and Charlie, or the action comedy with the car chases and criminal involvement?
  • Why do you think the filmmakers chose to include full-frontal nudity here? Why do so many R-rated comedies have nonsexual nudity? Would they be better without it?
  • Are the characters' comments about date rape and prison rape meant to be comical? If so, is that OK? What about Charlie's discussion of different kinds of men and their stereotypes? Is that funny or offensive? Why?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Amid the movie's chaos and over-the-top content are worthwhile lessons about honesty, unconditional love, and changing your life.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Although the movie's characters have "colorful" pasts and get up to plenty of questionable antics, there's some upside, too. Annie, a non-violent conflict resolution specialist, is intelligent, kind, and incredibly understanding. She believes in tolerance, non-violence, and honest communication. And she learns to forgive Charlie after he proves that he's changed since his days as a criminal. Charlie demonstrates how sometimes people really do evolve, repent, and are deserving of a second chance.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Several mentions of rape are made in an off-hand manner, including an extended, uncomfortable conversation about prison sodomy and a casual, almost comical reference to alcohol-fueled date-rape. The dialogue makes it seem like rape can be a funny subject. A U.S. Marshal with terrible aim has a gun that goes off easily. A couple of bloody hand-to-hand encounters: One nose-breaking results in a blood-splattered face and shirt, another guy is temporarily knocked unconscious, and a third guy is dragged by a dog collar. One man is shot in the shoulder, and another is continuously punched in the face. Lots of scrapes and bruises for the main characters, but no one is killed.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Full-frontal nudity of elderly men and women in two very brief scenes when characters accidentally barge into a motel room full of nude seniors apparently engaged in an orgy (though there's no sexual activity other than lounging or standing around naked). Also romance, passionate kissing, sexual references (including "happy ending" massages), and the intimacy of a couple in love, but not any actual sex.

  • language false5

    Language: Nearly every line of dialogue contains strong language, particularly "f--k" (100+ uses). Also "s--t," "bitch," "d--k," "p---y," "a--hole," "damn," "prick," "t-ts," "hell," "oh my God," "goddamn," and a ton of euphemisms for sex acts. In one discussion, different kinds of men are talked about in a potentially offensive manner.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Brands shown/mentioned in the movie include Apple (MacBook, iPod, iPhone, iPad), Dunkin Donuts, Lincoln Continental, Cadillac, Toyota Prius, Corvette, Xanax, Facebook, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults are shown smoking marijuana and drinking heavily. A character keeps mentioning the benefits of taking prescription pills (like Xanax) and adding liquor in for a "kick."

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