David Ger­main

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

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.

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