Hit & Run
The freewheeling Hit & Run is a throwback to car chase movies of the 1970s, when relationships were forged on the road. Charlie Bronson (Dax Shepard) decides to drive girlfriend Annie Bean (Kristen Bell) from central California to Los Angeles in his souped-up 1967 Lincoln Continental. (The film celebrates Detroit muscle, both vintage and new.) She’s heading for a new future (an academic dream job) while he’s transported into the past. Unbeknownst to Annie, Charlie’s in the witness protection program, and their romance hits a sizable speed bump when the hot rodder reveals his criminal history. Soon friends (Tom Arnold’s needy, accident-prone U.S. Marshall) and foes (Bradley Cooper’s vicious, dreadlocked bank robber) are on their trail, and Hit & Run zooms by like a screwball comedy version of Sam Peckinpah’s The Getaway. Dax Shepard wrote the script and co-directed with David Palmer (Brother’s Justice), constructing an
ideal vehicle for the real-life couple’s spirited banter. Even when some of humor sputters, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are firing on all cylinders.
Review by Serena Donadoni
Released on August 24, 2012
Originally appeared in Indiewire.