When my date this last weekend requested we see the new movie “Hit and Run”, I was momentarily excited. What could it be about, a court drama involving a car accident or a romance with elements of a good action romp? Perhaps, an abusive father finally gets what’s coming to him and has to flee? There were so many possibilities. Fortunately for my pessimism, Hollywood was there to disappoint. Upon reading reviews, my hopes, like Giles Corey, were slowly crushed.
But being the eternal optimist, I gave the movie its fair chance. To its credit it delivered the occasional laugh throughout the duration, sometimes through elements centric to the plot, and sometimes through completely off the wall scenarios. On that note, a lemon party? Really, Dax Shepard? Really? But I digress.
The saving grace for the film is the vibrant characters involved. Every major persona added something worthwhile or comical to the adventure, most of whom seemed like rounded and unique people. Watching, I got the sense these incredibly wacky personalities might actually exist.
However, for every yin there is a yang, and for the interesting characters we have a predictable and uncreative plot. The guy in witness protection who’s hiding something from the people in his new life? Never heard that one before, please go on for an hour and a half!
And as for the directors and producers who will never read this because they have better things to do, if a movie is going to rate an R rating due to nudity, at least put a naked person on screen people will actually want to see.