By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
Every so often, Hollywood creates a very special film: A good, bad movie.
“Hit and Run” is an excellent example. Plot points don’t make sense. There’s random nudity, plenty of profanity and enough drug references to think it was made in the 1970s. And the whole thing seems to be an elaborate excuse for cars chases.
But there’s a goofy, just-go-with-it spirit to “Hit and Run” that captured me early on. I enjoyed the car chases, and the cool music that accompanies them.
Stars Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell have a on-screen chemistry that works very well, and that’s probably because they have off-screen chemistry going.
Shepard is Charlie Bronson, a former thief who’s in witness protection. He’s in love with Annie (Kristen Bell), but there’s a problem. She has a one-of-a-kind job offer in Los Angeles, where several people want to kill Charlie.
Good thing Charlie has a fast car, because pretty soon he has Annie’s ex-boyfriend (Michael Rosenbaum) on his tail, along with the people he testified against and a few law officers for good measure.
Bradley Cooper dons dreadlocks to play a laid-back psychopath who wants Charlie to pay for testifying. Tom Arnold adds odd comic relief as a clumsy federal marshal overseeing Charlie’s case, and Jeff Bridges gets a few punches in as Charlie’s dad.
“Hit and Run” also gives screen time to Kristin Chenoweth, Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes, so it’s like an upper B-list version of “The Cannonball Run” movies from the early ’80s, when A-list stars like Burt Reynolds and Sammy Davis Jr. raced across the country.
So back to what I said earlier: This is a bad movie, and I’m pretty sure everyone in the cast knew it during filming. But the actors create a vibe here that’s infectious.
I can’t give it a good grade, but I will watch it again when it comes to cable. If you need a good, bad movie in your life with fast cars, you could do worse than “Hit and Run.” But keep in mind the profanity and full frontal nudity before buying your ticket.
I give it a C plus.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Corinth and Columbus, and Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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Kelli Karlson Wizard 106.7. She gives “Hit and Run” a D. “It was torture, but I did laugh twice.”