Jan Wahl Movie Review: ‘Hit & Run’ & ‘Hermano’
(KCBS) – KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl reviews Hit & Run, starring Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell, about an eccentric, former getaway driver in witness protection, who endangers his safety while trying to get his girlfriend to Los Angeles.
KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl:
A former getaway driver jeopardizes his involvement in a witness protection program in order to drive his girlfriend to Los Angeles. While on the road, he finds himself chased by the Feds as well as his former gang members.
Dax Shepard’s credits on the movie including starring in it, co-directing and writing the film. The cast is all-around good: Kristen Bell, Kristin Chenoweth, Bradley Cooper (with one weird haircut) and Tom Arnold, who has never been this funny.
It’s an adult-themed chase comedy that only runs 100 minutes, so it doesn’t drag on. Not as funny as The Campaign or as warm as Hope Springs, but OK movie escapism.
Last year Venezuela submitted this powerful soccer drama as the country’s submission to the Academy Awards. Two boys are raised together as brothers. Both struggle to become professional soccer players. One is a brilliant player, the other a natural leader. They live in a slum, and when a headhunter comes to check them out, tragedy meets opportunity.
Marcel Rasquin directs two gifted young actors as the complicated brothers: Fernando Moreno and Eliu Armas. The movie gets violent, but also has moments of beauty and excitement, especially the soccer sequences. In Spanish with English subtitles.
See Right Now: Sparkle, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Hope Springs, Bill W., The Campaign, The Bourne Legacy
Home Viewing/DVD: Bernie
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