Columbia Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Red Hour Films

Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, Dilshad Vadsaria, Michael Peña, Bianca Kajlich, Fred Ward, Elizabeth Wright Shapiro

A spoiled, not yet grown up, rich kid decides to kill off his father to get his inheritance. To do this, he needs to hire a hit man, but to hire the hit man, he needs money, so he hatched a plan to strap a bomb on a pizza delivery guy and make him get the money. Of course everyone wants the money, and everyone wants to double cross everyone else. When you let amateur’s run the robberies, you’re bound to end up with a mess. With the likes of Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, and Fred Ward, we’re at least dealing with people who know how to do slapstick comedy and we get plenty of that!

I heard that they were coming out with a new Harold and Kumar movie later this year, but I didn’t realize they were going to slip in a “Harold and Kumar Rob a Bank”. That’s what it is, for sure.

Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is in love with Chet (Nick Ansari)’s twin sister Kate (Dilshad Vadsaria). No this is not The Big Bang Theory. (I know it’s the same story so far.) In fact, nothing much in this movie is original, so why the heck is it so much fun? I mean the mean Dad and the kid who wants to hurry up his inheritance is nothing new, either. Nor is the mad Hispanic hit man and his double crossing stripper girlfriend. But still we get to bombs explode, watermelons blow up, flame throwers, guns, and fast cars in a totally stress free laugh riot. It’s just funny. Danny McBride plays the dumb kid that he played in Your Higness, and certainly Hick Ansari plays the same character as he plays in “Parks and Recreation” but still it’s fun. I can’t give this a really bad rating, because I simply enjoyed it too much.

It might be worth waiting for video, as I’m sure it’ll be out soon, and paying theater prices may not be the best use of limited “in theater” bucks these days, especially with all the summer blockbusters out this year, but if you want a hokey stress free chuckle movie, this one fits the bill. It’s kind of like watching Jerry Springer. You know you’re better than any of these people, but it’s fun watching them screw up time after time.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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