30 Minutes or Less | Chicago Reader

30 Minutes or Less

Reuben Fleischer's Zombieland was a promising debut, combining the cheap thrills of a horror-comedy with genuine character observation and some surprisingly graceful camera work. Those virtues are still present in his second feature, but just barely: junior-high-level one-liners are the chief order of business here. (This remains a must-see, however, if you find racial slurs or anal sex inherently funny.) Jesse Eisenberg—displaying remarkable commitment to his role, given the material—plays a pizza delivery boy who's kidnapped by dumbasses and forced to rob a bank; Aziz Ansari, not quite acting, plays the high-strung friend who agrees to help him out. The film contains a remarkable level of violence, yet never establishes a tone that would make it seem funny or truly shocking; the jokes flounder in an air of half-hearted spite.



  • Ruben Fleischer


  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Danny McBride
  • Aziz Ansari
  • Nick Swardson
  • Michael Peña
  • Fred Ward
  • Dilshad Vadsaria
  • Bianca Kajlich
  • Elizabeth Shapiro
  • Brett Gelman
  • Paul Tierney
  • Staci Fletcher
  • Gary Brichetto
  • Ilyssa Fradin


  • Stuart Cornfeld
  • Ben Stiller
  • Jeremy Kramer
  • Monica Levinson
  • Brian Levy

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