Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hit and Run Review - 2½ Stars

Dax Shepard begins “Hit and Run” with a sweet pep talk to his girlfriend, the delightful Kristen Bell, establishing a winning relationship between this couple.  When she gets a chance to interview for her dream job in LA (heading a department of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution), Dax volunteers to drive her to the big city.  Unfortunately the big city holds trouble for Dax who explains on the way that he’s actually in the witness protection program as a result of his days driving a getaway car for a gang of bank robbers headed by Bradley Cooper (in dreadlocks).  Soon Kristen is asking what else she doesn’t know leading to a series of hilarious answers.  Maybe you can tell by now that this script excels at unusual twists.  “Hit and Run” features a string of classic cars running at high speeds.  A 1967 Lincoln Continental gets quite a starring role, and I understand the car belongs to Shepard.   Sometimes “Hit and Run” feels hit and miss but most of the time it has enough energy and surprise to make you laugh or at least smile.   Does it deliver what it promises?  High speed car chase comedy surprise.  Is it entertaining?  Often.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Most of the time.