Ruben Fleischer started his feature-length directing career off on a high note with 2009’s Zombieland, which was an overall fun mix of horror violence and comical mayhem. He’ll return with a similar blend of action and comedy in this summer’s 30 Minutes or Less, with Jesse Eisenberg once again playing the lead (loser) character.
While a new green band theatrical preview for 30 Minutes or Less has just been released, there’s also a red band trailer that popped up online less than a week ago. Both are virtually identical in structure, which begs the question: Does one make the film look that much funnier that the other?
In this case, the answer is “yes, actually.” The all-audiences-approved 30 Minutes or Less trailer boasts some funny one-liners, exciting car chases, and makes the movie look like an entertaining mashup of a buddy comedy and bank robbery flick. In comparison, the red band clip features more F-bombs and raunchy conversations – and ends up making the film look all the funnier and more energetic for it.
Here is an official synopsis for 30 Minutes or Less:
Nick (Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With mere hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship.
First, check out the green band trailer (via Yahoo! Movies) below:
There are a number of pretty amusing scenes in this preview alone (the teddy bear/bomb gag and exchange between Chet, Nick, and the grocery clerk stand out in particular). So what happens when you reinsert all the naughty language and crude dialogue?
Find out by watching the red band trailer (which is obviously NSFW) below:
Opinions may vary on this, but the red band trailer for 30 Minutes or Less seems to give the jokes and one-liners more oomph than they already had in edited form – and in some cases, the humor makes more sense (see: Nick’s comment to Chet about washing his mouth out). That’s certainly a better sign than in the case where the red band trailer basically amounts to a foul-mouthed, but not actually funnier, version of its green band counterpart (Bad Teacher, looking at you).
Eisenberg looks to continue to earn his reputation as being more than just “the other Michael Cera,” while Ansari will finally get a chance to prove his comedic chops in something other than the Thursday night TV format (see: Parks and Recreation, Scrubs). McBride (Eastbound & Down) and Swardson (Reno 911!) both tend to do much better when they’re playing supporting characters, rather than being required to carry a show or movie themselves – so that bodes well for them playing a pair of bums-turned-criminal-masterminds (sort of) in the film as well.
30 Minutes or Less hits U.S. theaters on August 12th, 2011.
Source: Yahoo! Movies