Hit & Run (15)


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Dax Shepard directs and stars in a caper vehicle that would like to be smarter than it is. He plays petrolhead Charlie Bronson (real name: Yul Perkins), who once gave state evidence in a robbery trial and now lives somewhere remote in the witness protection program.

When his girlfriend (Kristen Bell) gets offered a dream teaching job in LA, Charlie throws caution to the wind to drive her back to his old stamping ground.

What follows is an awkward mixture of romantic comedy, road chase and car worship that evokes unhappy memories of The Dukes of Hazzard.

Bradley Cooper, in dreadlocks, plays a vengeful ex-con, and Tom Arnold does a hugely unfunny turn as a bungling US marshall. Loud engines, lousy script.