Hit & Run
Charlie Bronson (Dax shepard), a former getaway driver, enters a witness protection program for testifying against Alex (Bradley Cooper), his best friend and cohort. When his girlfriend, Annie (Kristen Bell), gets a job offer in LA, he agrees to drive her there. Their obstacles come threefold: federal agent Randy (Tom Arnold), Alex and Annie's ex-boyfriend, Gil (Michael Rosenbaum), try to chase them down for different reasons. In a subplot that gets tiresome pretty quickly, Randy flirts with a gay cop (Jess Rowland) using a phone app. The cop just so happens to be Gil's brother.
If you take any lassic action comedies, i.e. Rush Hour, 48 Hours, Midnight Run and Lethal Weapon, and subtract most of the laughs and excitement, you'll get something along the lines of Hit & Run. The aforementioned classic films not only make you laugh-out-loud, but also have wit to boot. Screenwriter Dax Shepard, who also serves as the co-director, appeals to the lowest common denominator with tasteless, unfunny and repetitive jokes about race and homosexuality. There's no wit to be found though, and any pathos that the film tries to tack on dissipates once you realize that everyone's merely a caricature.
Charlie and Annie, to be fair, have a few moments of chemistry and lively banter in the beginning of their ride, but those moments are ephemeral. For the most part the dialogue isn't particularly clever nor will you find any memorable lines. On top of that, the car chase sequences don't really add much in terms of thrills or exhilaration especially because you've seen car chases done much better before. Even though the plot does get increasingly chaotic, there's still not enough surprises, zaniness or risks taken that would make Hit & Run come even close to mediocrity. It's a rather lackluster experience that grows increasingly inane and lazy with too many jokes that fall flat.