Sometimes actors get pigeon-holed into a certain type of character, and sometimes I’m ok with it. When I think of Jesse Eisenberg (or Michael Cera, for that matter), I automatically think of neurotic characters with boring lives, usually unsure of themselves and their place in the world.
Well, Mark Zuckerberg in ‘The Social Network‘ had a good sense of his place in the world, but he took “neurotic” to a new level. And Eisenberg’s character Blu in ‘Rio‘ was definitely the most neurotic bird on the planet.
In the action-comedy, ‘30 Minutes or Less,’ Eisenberg plays Nick, a small-town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson), who kidnap Nick, strap a bomb to his chest, and order to rob a bank.
With mere hours to pull off the caper, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari), and the two end up dealing with the cops, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own volatile relationship.
Yeah, I can see Eisenberg in this role. And it’s the sort of fun comedy that’s perfect end-of-summer viewing before we get back into the school-work routines of fall.
There’s already a red-band trailer out, so I’m guessing it’ll be rated R (not to mention that fact that it’s directed by ‘Zombieland‘ helmer Ruben Fleischer). ’30 Minutes or Less’ arrives in theaters Aug. 12, 2011. Here’s the ok-for-viewing trailer (with a little sex talk) that’s showing in theaters ahead of ‘The Hangover, Part II.’