R, 100 min.
Directors: Dax Shepard, David Palmer
Writer: Dax Shepard
Starring: Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Rosenbaum, Jess Rowland, Joy Bryant, Ryan Hansen, Carly Hatter, David Koechner, Beau Bridges, Sean Hayes
Actor, writer, director Dax Shepard has said that his main inspiration for his directorial debut “Hit & Run” were films that featured classic car chases, like “Smokey and the Bandit”. He said that he liked that movie’s combination of cars and comedy. “Hit & Run” obviously comes from the heart. You can see Shepard’s passion for the material, and it isn’t bad. It just isn’t good enough to fully recommend.
The story involves a guy played by Shepard who is in witness protection. His girlfriend is a teacher who gets a job offer for her very specialized expertise in L.A. The problem is that the people he’s being protected from are in L.A. and she has a limited time to take up the university on their offer. From this Shepard tries to build a plausible but light action comedy. While Shepard has a gift for quips, I think he’d be better off leaning more serious in his screenplay, which has more heart in it than laughs.