beau, Gil (Michael Rosenbaum), Charlie and Annie wind up pursued by his old gang, including Alex Demitri (Cooper) and Charlie’s ex-girlfriend, Neve (Bryant).
Arnold plays federal agent Randy, Charlie’s witness-protection minder. A hapless blusterer, Randy’s at the centre of many of the physical gags; some are mildly funny, but they’re mostly repetitive and disposable, putting the brakes on the action so Arnold can launch into another fit of bellowing.
Oddly for a road romp, the main charm of Hit & Run comes from the verbal exchanges, either when the characters are standing still or sharing intimacies in a high-speed chase.
Shepard and Bell make such a natural couple on screen that it’s easy to imagine them, right or wrong, living out a blissfully perfect relationship in real life.
Cooper’s an oddly engaging bad guy, his dreadlocks and gaudy red running pants setting him apart from the usual Hollywood heavy. He blends viciousness with sensitivity, compassion with greed, making Alex all the more volatile, dangerous and entertaining.
Hit & Run also features quick cameos from other buddies of Shepard and his crew. The goodwill among all these friends spills off the screen to make Hit & Run, despite its bland title, more clever and distinctive than the average chase flick.