There's a clever throwaway joke early on in 30 Minutes or Less, acknowledging Jesse Eisenberg's stature in the Hollywood universe. He plays a pizza delivery dude, a college dropout, and the girl he likes is talking about Facebook. "You know I don't do that," he responds. "I'm off the grid."
This from the guy who was nominated for a best-actor Oscar for his portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg, the whiz-kid founder of Facebook, in The Social Network.
That's about as smart as it gets in 30 Minutes or Less, an action comedy that appears to have been shot in a stoner haze - a canned, sliced-up Pineapple Express. Eisenberg is Nick, he delivers pies for Vito's Pizza in Grand Rapids, Mich., and he has a thing for his best friend's twin sister. This upsets his friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari), who thinks Nick having sex with his twin is ickily close to having sex with him, so the two buds have a falling out.
But that lasts only long enough for another pair of best bros - a lowlife named Dwayne (Danny McBride) and his even dimmer sidekick, Travis (Nick Swardson) - to come up with a plot to get the pizza delivery kid to rob a bank for them. How? By strapping a time bomb to Nick's chest, and threatening to blow him up if he doesn't come back with at least $100,000. Why? Because it's less risky than doing the heist themselves, and anyway, they have bigger plans: They need the money to hire a hit man to kill Dwayne's dad. He's a lottery-winner millionaire, and a complete jerk, and Dwayne wants his inheritance before it's all gone. The exotic dancer he frequents, Juicy, gave him the idea.