Ryan Goslin, left, as Jacob and Steve Carell as Cal in Warner Bros. Pictures' comedy, "Crazy, Stupid, Love," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Ben Glass/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/MCT)

30 Minutes Or Less

“30 Minutes Or Less” follows the story of Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). With mere hours to pull off a bank robbery, Nick contacts his old best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari) for assistance.

“30 Minutes Or Less” is, as its title implies, a fast-paced, comedic thriller that tries its best to capture a sense of irreverent, post-adolescent spirit. And it manages to do so only relatively well. While much of “30 Minutes Or Less’” screen time is spent on quips between the four primary male leads, most of them are too crude for their own good.

Directed Ruben Fleischer who also worked with Jesse Eisenberg in “Zombieland” simply did not create the same sense of off-beat comedy in “30 Minutes Or Less” that made “Zombieland” such an entertaining hit.

“It’s sporadically funny and it benefits from a talented cast,” reads “30 Minutes Or Less’” Rotten Tomatoes consensus. “But ’30 Minutes or Less’ suffers from a disjointed narrative, and too often mistakes crude gags for true lowbrow humor.”

 

Crazy Stupid Love

“Crazy Stupid Love” takes what would seem like an over-crowded storyline and makes it charming and witty. While the five-star cast lends to the film’s allure, it is the screenplay’s fresh honesty that makes the film better than the typical Hollywood romantic comedies.

“Crazy Stupid Love” revolves around three different story lines – one based on the relationship between Cal (Steve Carell) and his wife (Julianne Moore), one on Cal’s relationship with his new well-intentioned womanizer friend Jacob (Ryan Gosling) and one final story line based on Jacob’s relationship with his new girlfriend Hannah (Emma Stone).

At first glance, trying to fit several stories into one movie to cram in more stars looking for a quick paycheck (New Year’s Eve) seems to be what “Crazy Stupid Love” is trying to do. But it really isn’t. “Crazy Stupid Love’s” story and style almost approaches indie, without becoming too indie and drifting into melodrama.

“Crazy Stupid Love” is engaging and heart-felt. Though many would agree that the romantic comedy genre has grown hackneyed with poor acting and over-formulated plot progressions, “Crazy Stupid Love” is one of the best exceptions to this trend this year.

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