By J.J. Browne

Festive lemons and filipino phalli aside, should you spend your money on Dax Shepard’s sophomore directorial effort, “Hit and Run”?


“Hit and Run” tells the not-so-original tale of a man, Charles Bronson (Dax Shepard), under the witness protection program trying to lead a normal life. All is going well until his fiancé (Kristen Bell) is invited to apply for her dream job – the only problem is it’s in L.A., where Bronson’s shady past lies.

Enter Bradley Cooper, Bronson’s past friend-turned-enemy. When he finds out Bronson’s in L.A. he wants to hunt him down. Other notable cast members include Tom Arnold as a bumbling federal sheriff and Kristen Chenoweth, who plays the same character she’s always played for the past 3 years.

The only real overarching moral of this story is to appreciate things as they are now, not what they once were. The film doesn’t try to be deep or be something it’s not. What it is, is something make you laugh and keep you interested for it’s 100 minute duration.

Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell have been married for seven years and this romance translates well into screen. The first scene of the movie really serves to show the audience  that the relationship between their two characters is real, and so are the little issues they have with each other.

Despite its independent movie budget, “Hit and Run” comes together nicely in the end. It’s a romantic-comedy that guys can feel secure with their masculinity watching. If we had a star rating system, I’d give “Hit and Run” 4 out of 5. Go see it.

Hit and Run is released in Australian cinemas September 6th.

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