by Jesus Ibarra
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Dax Shepard (Parenthood) and Kristin Bell star in this sort of indie flick that got a pretty wide release and has some of the best star cameos I have seen in years. A former getaway driver for a gang that used to rob banks leaves the Witness Protection program to help his girlfriend get a new job in LA, while avoiding the former gang he helped put away.
I wanted to watch this movie because it stars two of my favorite actors, Kristin Bell and Dax Shepard. Known more for their television roles, I was excited to see them act together since I knew they were engaged. And that is probably the strongest part of the movie–their character’s relationship. Although the movie has some funny moments and good chase sequences with some awesome cars, it isn’t one of the best of the movies to come out this summer.
The directing of the chase scenes were really well done and you could see Dax Shepard’s love for the genre but the script was incredibly weak. It wasn’t bad, but it felt like each character was speaking using Dax Shepard’s voice. It was sort of like Dax was narrating the film through the various characters in the movie.
Kristin Bell went on the radio saying they used the first draft of the script and it really showed. Other than those small quibbles it is an enjoyable film to watch when there is nothing left to watch.
This movie is rated R for violence, strong language and some nudity.
Hit and Run is no longer playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6, but can be seen at some other local theaters. Showtimes for other shows playing in Dinuba can be found on their website.