Proclaiming that you'd be willing to die for your loved ones is a common sentiment. Lucky for most, they never have to test the truth of their statement. But in Hit and Run
, a man risks his life to spend whatever remains of it with the woman he loves.
After a year together, Charlie (Dax Shepard) and Annie (Kristen Bell) are happier than the average couple. But then Annie is offered a great job opportunity that threatens to separate them. Rather than let either of them live with the regret of her passing on it, he packs the car and agrees to drive her to the interview in Los Angeles. The larger problem is the people in L.A. that want Charlie dead. Having ducked his U.S. Marshall security (Tom Arnold), he decides to leave his life in fate's hands. But with the help of one of Annie's jealous ex-boyfriends (Michael Rosenbaum), he may not be that difficult to find.
It's not surprising, based on the on-screen chemistry, that Shepard and Bell are a real-life couple. They just click. The flow of dialogue between them is effortless and when they look at each other their feelings appear genuine. Since Shepard wrote the script (in addition to co-directing the film), it would be interesting to know how much he drew from their real life. Unfortunately, their relationship is the best part of the film.
The narrative simply plateaus, making it rather dull. There's anticipation for something significant to occur that is never fulfilled. Actors – including a well-disguised Bradley Cooper and klutzy Arnold – go through the motions of the script, performing their parts well but never doing anything noteworthy. Even the car chase is boring as they drive around in circles in an abandoned airfield, insulting the capacity of the featured ’67 Lincoln Continental with every donut.
Shepard is a charming, likeable actor, but his sophomore foray behind the camera is better (and easily) forgotten.
Directors: David Palmer
and Dax Shepard
Starring: Dax Shepard
, Kristen Bell
and Bradley Cooper