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Hit & Run

action & adventure, comedy

A nice guy with a questionable past (Dax Shepard) risks everything when he busts out of witness protection to drive his girlfriend (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles in this hilarious action-comedy.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
4 out of 5
3 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: This is neither funny nor suspenseful, but it does feature some cool-looking cars, and Tom Arnold delivers some decent pratfalls as an accident-prone man.

- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fresh: A strange, but strangely entertaining combo of drag racing machismo, slapstick silliness, raunchy riffs, politically incorrect rants and sweet nothings.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fresh: Like the classic 1967 Cadillac that transports our protagonists for much of the journey, Hit & Run is a road-worthy romance-comedy.

- Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, Thursday, August 23, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

In the 70s, studios like Crown International Pictures and used to make cheap exploitation films with such titles as MALIBU HIGH and THE POM POM GIRLS. If you look back at trashy films like these and think, "They don't make 'em like they used to", then HIT AND RUN may just be the film for you. A road movie with crazy souped-up cars, light bloodshed, and an ensemble of ultra-quirky characters, the film gets our characters from point A to point B with an insane amount of quirky obstacles along the way. It also reminded me a little of FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, but with a much lower FUNNY quotient. Depending on how you look at it, it's either a Witness Protection caper or the story of a guy driving his girlfriend to a job interview. Both are valid, yet we ALL know which one is more fun to watch. All told, this is one strange film. It's not anywhere near as funny as it wants to be, but it has an infectious spirit to it. Dax Shepard and David Palmer throw in the kitchen sink here in an attempt to see what sticks. We've got Tarantino-esque moments where characters stop the action to thoroughly dissect prison rape. We have a quirky gay subplot involving a GRINDR-like app and a hilariously high-string, completely undone Tom Arnold. Sheperd and real-life girlfriend, Kristen Bell, have some pretty good Apatow-like chemistry. There are the requisite oddball cameos by the likes of Kristin Chenowith, Beau Bridges, and Sean Hayes. While the laughs rarely landed, when they did, they had an outrageous and surprising quality. It was enough to give me a goofy grin throughout. Bonus points for the oft-repeated motif of muscle cars doing donuts and peeling off.

- fb720603734, Monday, September 10, 2012

2 stars

More Hit and miss than Take the Money & Run, this C-List romp isn't exactly high and tight when it comes to scripting and casting. Oh, there are times when higher-minded moviegoers might think, "This COULD be as good as actor Zach Braff's stellar film writing/directing debut, Garden State." But then again, Braff's cinematic coming out amounted to nothing, which goes double for this Smoked & the Bandied cop-out. There are some good lines--just not in the correct order nor spoken by the right actors. Instead of being a modern but stylishly cool Cannonball Run, this is ultimately just a speed trap for the supporting players and audience's time. In this R-rated action comedy, a former getaway driver (Shepard) jeopardizes his Witness Protection identity to safely deliver his girlfriend (Bell) to LA with some old bank-robbing cronies (Bradley Cooper, et al) in pursuit. Kristen Bell is lovely and on-the-mark. Her co-stars, however, are scraggly and sadly miscast. This is Dax Shepard's baby and, by putting himself in the fray as star and director as well as writer, he's given this movie the equivalent of shaken baby syndrome. Never mind the fact his perpetual doofus shtick along with A-list co-star Bradley Cooper prove about as badass as Joe Besser playing 3rd fiddle in the 3 Stooges--this '70s chase throwback needed some serious rewrites before hitting the screen. Namely, it needed to be re-written with witty dialogue and re-cast with stars capable of running and gunning with a Grindhouse-riffing chase flick rather than just spinning its wheels. Bottom line: Formula Ugh.

- jeffboam, Monday, September 24, 2012

3 stars

Hit & Run is an action-comedy full of laughs and adventure from writer/director Dax Shepard. The story follows a former bank robber in Witness Protection who promises to take his girlfriend to a job interview in LA, but to get there he'll have to elude the criminal gang that he's been hiding from. The cast has a lot of strong comedic talent, including Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, and Tom Arnold. Shepard and Bell in particular have good chemistry and play well off of each other. And aside from a preoccupation with homosexuality, the comedy's well writing. But the film gets a bit formulaic, and the payoffs are rather weak. There are some bumps in the road, but Hit & Run is an entertaining ride that's pretty fun.

- fb100000440772572, Tuesday, February 19, 2013