Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Hit and Run (2012)

I can't recall a time that I noted Dax Shepard much. I remember that he use to help Aston Kutcher with silly pranks, but never did I think to myself, "Oh nice! Dax Shepard is the star." The general trend may continue. However, were the film to be starring, written, and directed by Dax I cannot honestly think of another reaction I would produce.

Almost every aspect of Hit and Run came as a surprise to me. Meanwhile, my preconceived notions were not crushed by some contrived string of clever and unexpected editorial twists and plot turns, but rather by a highly satisfying and seasoned execution of entertaining storytelling. There's dynamic subplots, extremely interesting supporting characters, and superior performances across the board.

Dax Shepard, Tom Arnold, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Beau Bridges, Ryan Hansen, and Joy Braynt all hit the proverbial head of nailing hilarious and compelling acting. In fact, Dax and Cooper share one of my favorite comedy scenes of 2012.

I could not imagine how, a person that does not take the world too seriously and loves comedy, would not enjoy Hit and Run.

3.4 Stars.