Miss Annie Bean (Kristen Bell) has been slogging away at a community college in some speck on the map in California for years now, but she's finally been called up to the big leagues. See,
Wait, that's the part Charlie left out. Annie knew he was in witness protection, but Charlie...if that even is his real name...never got around to mentioning the whole wheelman deal or the part where he ratted out his partners in crime when one of 'em killed a guy. His testimony wasn't enough to score a conviction, but still, that flavor of betrayal stings four years later. Oh, and guess what sprawling metropolis Alex (Bradley Cooper), Neve (Joy Bryant), and Alan (Ryan Hansen) are based out of? Wow, only took you one try too. So, as Annie and Charlie are tearing a path to Los Angeles, they've got a bumbling U.S. marshall (Tom Arnold), Annie's intensely jealous ex (Michael Rosenbaum), a horsepower-crazed hillbilly (David Koechner), and a station wagon full of bloodcrazed bank robbers on their tail. And maybe...just maybe!...they'll learn a little something about life and love along the way.
Ooooohhh....I really, really want to like Hit and Run. I sort of do too. I mean, it's a throwback to all those testosterone-dripping car chase action/comedies from the '70s and '80s. Tons of high speed chases, pretty
I'm not going to say anything snide or snarky about Hit and Run, so apologies if you were holding out for that. Despite being produced independently for borderline-nothing, the sheer volume of car chases and half-battalion of familiar faces give Hit and Run a lot of production value, its heart is in the right place, the whole thing's a Valentine to the sorts of movies I wouldn't mind seeing more of on the big screen, and its emotional core is surprisingly resonant. It's just...it's a comedy that's not even a little bit funny. With running jokes about nekkid old people and ethnic assrape in jail, Hit and Run's sense of humor is maybe a notch or two above the "Ow, My Balls!" dreck that Shepard was snickering at in Idiocracy. I like dumb gags as much as the next guy, but Hit and Run keeps it a little too lazy, obvious, and oooohhh nooooo! pratfall-ish. Some of the conversations meander on for too long, Bradley Cooper is kind of miscast as the heavy, and there are too many peripheral characters that don't get a laugh and don't add anything to the story either.
Even though I think the end result misses the mark a little too often, I really like what Hit and Run is aiming towards, and I wish there were more movies out there these days like it...just ones that stick the landing, you know? Rent It.
Hit and Run looks pretty slick in high-def. I mean, the image is impressively bright and colorful, a welcolmed change from all these dark, dour horror movies I've been reviewing lately. Contrast
The AVC encode for Hit and Run spans both layers of this BD-50 disc. This high-def presentation has been letterboxed to an aspect ratio of 2.39:1.
Just like you'd probably expect for a movie straight outta theaters, Hit and Run is rockin' a 24-bit DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. It ticks off a lot of the right checkboxes too. It's packing a pretty monstrous low-end, from that low frequency kick to Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" to the gutteral growl of that souped-up '67 Lincoln Continental. With meaty dynamic range, ridiculous clarity, and dialogue that's balanced this cleanly and clearly in the mix, there's not a whole lot to complain about. Well, except for the surrounds, that is. They kind of seem like an afterthought. There are a couple of slick pans and nice atmospheric effects, but the rears otherwise hardly ever draw attention to themselves. Even with all these manic chases where you'd expect to hear cars flying all over the soundscape, that doesn't...really happen. It's a stereo-and-then-some track, but at least it's a pretty good one.
There aren't any dubs, commentaries, or downmixes this time around. Subtitles are served up in English (SDH), French, and Spanish. Oh, and Hit and Run also offers up support for D-Box bass shaker rigs. I forgot about those!
Hit and Run comes packaged in a lightly embossed slipcover, and an anamorphic widescreen DVD and UltraViolet digital copy code have been lovingly tucked inside as well.
The Final Word
Hit and Run has charm to spare, a hell of a cast, and more high-octane car chases than you can shake a muffler at. It's just...well, Hit and Run isn't bad. It's just nowhere near as hysterical, off-beat, or infectiously fun as it wants to be. I could've just written "yeah, it's okay" as my review and saved us both a bunch of time. Worth checking out if you're a fan of any of the actors on the bill or if you're game for a guy-movie throwback, but you're probably better off with a rental. Rent It.