30 Minutes or Less is a little too much like ordering a Pizza. It seems like a good idea at the time, with a great cast bouncing from TV fame and Oscar nominations. The first bite dissolves in your mouth with cheesy familiarity, as the characters stick to what they know and do best. You know it’s bad for you; crude jokes, bland at points, but the slices come thick and fast. Before you know it you have gorged the whole thing. It’s perfect if you like predictable formulaic comedy that joins the dots in the right places, but will leave others unsatisfied and wishing they ordered something a little more fulfilling.

Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) has a monotonous life. He hates his job as a pizza boy, hates his boss, and is in love with his best friend’s sister. After revealing this to Chet (Aziz Ansari), a supply teacher whose sexual morals are less than admirable, the pair fall out. Similarly, aspiring criminal Dwayne (Danny McBride) also hates his poxy existence as a general dogsbody for his lottery millionaire father. Aspiring to set up his own prostitute ring under the guise of a tanning salon, he makes a plan to bunk off his dad for his millions. To order the hit, he needs an unassuming accomplice to rob a bank on his behalf, so he gets his sidekick and immoral compass Travis (Nick Swardson) to construct a bomb for blackmailing. Then they order a pizza...

The script feels as though it was written with the leads and their famous roles in mind. Jesse Eisenberg never plays far away from the babbling oddball geek and Pizza boy Nick is no exception, with a few carefully slotted Zuckerberg-jokes. Danny McBride is uncontroversially crude, lude, and out of control as a dumber and insensitive alter-ego of Kenny Powers from his hit HBO series Eastbound and Down. Some might recognise Nick Swardson from Reno 911 or in the understated but brilliant film Grandma’s Boy. But it’s Aziz Ansari from the NBC series Parks and Recreation who is by far the funniest of the troupe, armed with all the belly laughs about his job, his girls, and his brown hands. Fans of any of these shows will not be disappointed, and should stay past the credits for an extra scene.

The first 30 minutes is the funniest, setting the already familiar characters into a far fetched but loosely true story. Once introduced, the characters' lives take a downward turn, so does the film. Slick editing means the jokes come fast, but not fast enough to deflect the scenario from its comedic predictability. The constant references towards other action movies such as Die Hard and Point Break only serve to highlight what has been shamelessly borrowed. Fans of Zombieland might be disappointed, but once you accept the film as just the beer & pizza equivalent of an action-comedy, it's enjoyable at least, but ultimately forgettable.