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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

A comedy that never takes its foot off the gas. Good Movie! "Hit and Run" serves predominantly as a showcase for the comedic style of its creator, actor Dax Shepard. Shepard's filmmaking debut, "Brother's Justice," which he also co-directed with partner David Palmer in 2010, went silently, but here he's convinced his fiance, Kristen Bell, to co-star and snagged another A-lister in Bradley Cooper to elevate the film's profile. Film has enough action set pieces to hold my attention, enough one-liners to make us laugh our asses off, the classic cars looked good, and a good climactic chase. The nudity in the motel scene was horrific. And horrifically funny. HIT AND RUN is a comedy about a young couple ('Kristen Bell' and Dax Shepard) that risks it all when they leave their small town life and embark on a road trip that may lead them towards the opportunity of a lifetime. Their fast-paced road trip grows awkwardly complicated and hilarious when they are chased by a friend from the past ('Bradley Cooper' ), a federal marshal ('Tom Arnold' ) and a band of misfits.

- MANUGINO, Wednesday, December 26, 2012

3 stars

Hit & Run is one of those comedies that are underrated and it turns out to be a much better film than what critics have said about it. Yes, it has plenty of imperfections, but there`s still enough good comedic elements to make this a comedy worth seeing. Dax Shephard delivers his funniest film role since Idiocracy. The jokes here are funny, mindless and stupid, and there`s a few unforgettable scenes. I personally feel that the film didn`t deserve all the flack it has received. I found this film to be entertaining from start to finish, and though it wasn`t on par with other comedies this year, it still was a very fun and wacky ride. The cast do a good job here, and they are able to pull off something good despite the average script. There are a few weak aspects, but overall I really enjoyed it. This is a romantic comedy with a truly refreshing twist, and it works well enough to make this a surprising comedic yarn. Go into this one expecting mindless entertainment, action and good enough laughs to make you lose yourself into the film`s crazy idea. There are plenty of effective moments to enjoy and Hit & Run may not be a perfect comedy, but it definitely isn`t the worst of the year. For a low budget, independent film, Hit & Run manages to get quite a few good laughs, and this is an overlooked film that is worth checking out. The film could have been refined, but there`s enough charm here to keep you interested from beginning to end. There are many good things going for this film, more than what the critics say. Enjoyable and fun for what it is.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Saturday, December 22, 2012

2 stars

img]] I sparked a much larger interest in this movie than someone who watches a lot of films with cheesy titles probably should. But I really wanted to see it because it's directed by, and starring, Dax Shepard, who I thought was absolutely hilarious in Without A Paddle and Idiocracy. However, although Hit and Run is interestingly directed, has a great premise and features a handful of great one-liners and visual gags, it never really holds itself together, because it can never decide what movie it wants to be. What it adds up to is simply a compilation of a bunch of different movie-making ideas scattered on the cutting room floor. It starts by attempting to be a knockabout comedy which I found quite fun, but then it quickly changed it's mind and became an action chase movie. Later on it reconsiders and becomes a character drama. But the main problem I had with it, was that Dax Shepard was dull and charmless, I never even smiled at him. Off the top of my head I can't remember a single film he's been dissapointing in. I think he's a very funny, talented comedian but despite the fact he penned the script, he gives all the good jokes to Tom Arnold and Bradley Cooper (who i'll add are both pretty damn funny). And his performance is that of a serious protaganist and I believe it would have worked much better if the film was entirely an action chase movie. He pulls it off pretty well, he proves he's a very versatile actor here but essentialy, he can do much better and much funnier than this. I'm sure he'll make a great comedy in the future but watching Hit And Run I felt it was formulaic and brought nothing new to the table other than Shepard and Cooper doing serious. It's not terrible, but that's not a great achievement for something that calls itself a comedy.

- aquateen2, Sunday, September 23, 2012