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
Messages: Amid the movie's chaos and over-the-top content are worthwhile lessons about honesty, unconditional love, and changing your life.
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: 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: 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: 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: Brands shown/mentioned in the movie include Apple (MacBook, iPod, iPhone, iPad), Dunkin Donuts, Lincoln Continental, Cadillac, Toyota Prius, Corvette, Xanax, Facebook, and more.
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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A Hit for Dax Shepard by thepatsy
I have followed Dax Shepard from early in his career and in this movie, his particular take on life and love really benefits from his improved writing. It is tighter, it is more consistently funny, he has just the right amount of surprises and a more cohesive story that is, and this isn't always important to me, more accessible and likable by a wider audience. His directing can't be faulted, he gets fantastic performances, especially from Kristen Bell, he lets Bradley Cooper off the chain a bit, and I'm not sure if it is all good, but it is a side we don't see often. I saw this the same day I watched Premium Rush, and this was by far my favorite, Mr. Shepard is adorable and charming and he usually doesn't play to those strengths, but in this movie he does in his own way and you will soon find out why I have been following him, waiting for a gem like this to come along. I know there are more like this up your sleeve as a writer and an actor and I hope you keep getting your movies made.
Much Better Than Expected by cali4niacurt
It's always nice to go into a movie with low expectations only to find a gem of a movie that you really enjoy. Hit and Run was a fun comedy where I could just sit back, relax and enjoy. All the characters, even the bad guys, were so likeable. I enjoyed the characters, story, and car chases. Is this going to be the best movie you see this year? Of course not. Are there holes in the story? Yes. Is it going to be 2 hours of your life you'll enjoy? Absolutely. Go see it.
HIT & RUN by thedoctor777
This movie has great driving scenes that I found entertaining. The acting is fine and the cast seemed to fit their parts well. It is predictable and there are no surprises to catch you off guard. If you don't mind excessive cussing from start to finish then it's worth an evening at the movies.
Entertaining! by skinmeister
My husband and I saw the movie this weekend and were superbely entertained. The humor is kind of raunchy and radical at times but it's a fast paced story with many unexpected twists and turns that'll keep youi on the edge of your seat.
Well worth the ticket price by khuxford
This movie had the wife and us laughing hard several times and enjoying it throughout. I was impressed to see that Dax Sheppard starred, directed and co-wrote it. There are some feel good elements to it, which isn't something you generally see combined with violent slapstick and foul-mouthed comedy, but worked well, IMO.
Fun Day At The Movies by Dennis in Oregon
I became aware of this movie when the two leads made an appearance on AM Northwest in Portland. They were so natural and appealing; I decided to see the movie.
It was lots of fun from the very beginning to end. I think I will see it again.
One thing I did not like was the overuse of the F word.
Watch for cameos.
I would look forward to a sequel...
Funnier than i expected by Minni318
I loved the cars in it and the humor was great too! Its something different and not a typical movie, I'd recommend to anyone to go see it!
Hit & Run by Trust God
Other than the three laughs.....just an ok movie.....would not recommend it......would not purchase it. So sad that movies are not very good any more, last good one I saw was the proposal. Although, I'd rather srr an ok movie than one that is evil filled with murders - that's not entertainment it gives crazies ideas. Also found it unnecessary to talk about gays, although it was in a positive way (supporting) it just was not necessary.
Low budget movie with weak script by MOTORCYCLISTENGINEER
Very disappointed in this low budget movie. The only reason I didn't walk out was I enjoyed the chemistry between Kristen Bell, a real doll, and Dax Shepherd, But other than that, the movie was low budget from start to finish, with a weak predictable story and little special effects. The cast was good, but wasted in this cheaply made movie. Not sure I'd even recommend this for a Redbox rental.
The movie is not appropriate for anyone under 17 due to frequent language and nudity from random characters thrown in.
Waste of 5 bucks! by Kilgi
As much as I like Kristin Bell I seriously hate Dax Sheppard. Hes a camera hog who's not funny and thinks he is. This movie was not just bad but really awful and that's sad as there is a great cast here minus Sheppard. Don't go run away from this movie.