There are a lot of films that sport and all-star cast that just don’t get the attention they deserve. Most of the time after seeing them you can see why but there are others that when you hear about them are more because of it being a passion project and they wanted to make the film they wanted and is usually for the best. Hit and Run was star and co-director and writer Dax Shepard’s passion project sporting a cast full of his friends that just happen to be a great cast, but does it deliver or drive too fast past the mark?
Hit and Run follows a young couple that risks it all to embark on a road trip for the opportunity of a lifetime. But with a marshal, friend from the past, crazy ex-boyfriend, and a cast of crazy characters on their tale, this road trip turns into a fast paced race for their lives and future together. This movie works on every level. While the film plays heavily as an action comedy, there is a whole other vibe of an unconventional love story. While it starts off calm and seemingly average, it quickly slaps you in the face with unique characters and some of the best car chase sequences in sometime. Dax Shepard has come a long way from his Punk’d days really stepping up with not only his acting but his overall ability to make a film. You can see the passion in this film from the overall product, but also from those that are helping to bring it to life. Kristen Bell steps in delivering a great performance as usual and their real life chemistry really help bring these too characters to life even better. In addition to Sheppard and Bell this film sports an awesome cast featuring Tom Arnold, Bradley Cooper, Kristen Chenoweth, Michael Rosenbaum, Beau Bridges and more with each of them delivering some of their most entertaining moments in some time.
As mentioned earlier this film delivers on the action, especially on the car chases. While this may be considered slander by some, the passion for that aspect of this film drives right off the screen delivering car sequences that rival films like Smokey and the Bandit. Clearly there are so many great actors in this film there is someone here for everyone, so you have no reason to not check out this movie. It offers so much more than just another comedy and Dax Shepard has showcased a talent of filmmaking that will hopefully be a direction we see more of in the future. If you enjoy this film, make sure to pick up his other hilarious comedy he directed Brother’s Justice as well.