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[[caption-width-right:300:From left to right: Chet, Nick, Dwayne, and Travis.]]

''30 Minutes or Less'' is an action-comedy, starring JesseEisenberg, Creator/AzizAnsari, Danny [=McBride=], and Nick Swardson, and directed by Ruben Fleischer, who also did ''Film/{{Zombieland}}''.

Two [[TheSlacker slackers]] named Dwayne and Travis want to make a hundred-thousand dollars quickly so they can hire an assassin to kill Dwayne's father, the Major, and get his inheritance money. Eventually, they come up with a [[SarcasmMode sensible]] idea: [[CrossesTheLineTwice order a pizza, have it delivered, kidnap the pizza man, strap a bomb to his chest, and force him to rob a bank or the bomb will detonate]]. The unfortunate delivery man, Nick, teams up with his best friend Chet, whom he recently had a falling out with when he confessed that he had slept with Chet's sister, to get the job done.

The plot resembles the RealLife story of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Wells_(bank_robber) Brian Wells]], who was killed when the bomb was detonated. However, the producers deny having prior knowledge of this incident.
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!! List of tropes that appear in 30 Minutes or Less:

* AffablyEvil: Chongo the assassin.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: [[spoiler: Dwayne lets Nick drive off with the money in order to make sure Travis is okay after his flamethrower explodes.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Dwayne, Travis and The Major]]
* BadassGrandpa: The Major has a pen-gun and isn't afraid to use it.
* BankRobbery
* BlackComedy
* BlatantLies: Dwayne to a pedestrian after the car chase: "Good. I hope they catch them."
* BrickJoke:
** "That's what she said."
** Blue dye
** Nick and Chet pretending to be hispanic
** "SAAAAANDRAAAAA!!!"
* ChekhovsGun: Early on, Nick mentions a new laser pointer he bought Chet. During the climax, [[spoiler: Chet uses it to trick Dwayne and Travis into thinking Nick's got a sniper backing him up so that they can escape.]]
** Kate mentions early on that she lives very close to the pizza place Nick works at. [[spoiler: Later, Nick takes advantage of the short distance to sneak off to talk to her while Chet thinks he's in the restaurant.]]
* ClusterFBomb: Many characters, but Dwayne in particular.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Nick
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: While the money ends up being booby-trapped, Nick and Chet get out alive and Nick confessed his love to Kate.]]
** The post credits scene shows that [[spoiler: Dwayne, Travis, and the Major survived and started their own successful tanning salon business.]]
* EverybodyLives: [[spoiler: In the end, the only person who dies is Chongo the assassin.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Major
* FireBreathingWeapon: Travis has one of these.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler: After Chongo decides to kill Duane, he breaks into his house and runs into The Major. The Major refuses to tell Chongo where Duane is, even after being told Chongo was hired by Duane to kill him. The Major's pretty much just your basic, fed-up-dad-with-layabout-son type of character, he's just more mean about it because he's a retired Marine.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: Chet.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: Chet and Kate, which is what makes Nick wanting to sleep with Kate even creepier to Chet.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Travis is a bit smarter than Dwayne. While Dwayne can "think like a millionaire", Travis is the one who comes up with the bomb idea, reconnaissance, [[spoiler: and kidnapping Kate]].
* IndyPloy: They have ten hours before the bomb goes off, but that's still a pretty small amount of time Chet and Nick have to come up with a way to rob a bank. [[spoiler: Which they successfully pull off.]]
* InseriesNickname: Chongo calls himself "The Satanic Hispanic."
* {{Jerkass}}: Chongo, Juici, The Major, Nick at first, and ''especially'' Dwayne.
** Chet is also shown to deal with his students in pointlessly cruel ways, [[DisproportionateRetribution humiliating one of them on a personal level just for texting in class.]]
*** On the other hand, this is TruthInTelevision for many teachers. They'll read the note out loud in order to embarrass a student into not doing it again.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Dwayne and Travis don't get the money, but they survive their injuries, and even manage to open up their tanning salon/prostitution ring.]]
** [[spoiler:Nick & Chet get away with robbing a bank.]]
*** [[spoiler:Well they don't get caught or identified but they ended up with only an ink bag... which will likely get them busted and with the bomb destroyed they have little evidence proving they were coerced, but they still got away scot free for stealing their neighbors car and trashing it.]]
** [[spoiler:Juci, who came up with the idea of murdering The Major in the first place and who actually ''does'' try and kill Chet and Nick also gets away scot free and without even the severe injuries the other surviving bad guys end up with.]]
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler: Chongo's demise.]]
* KilledMidSentence: The Major. [[spoiler:Post credits reveal he survived, though he's in a wheelchair.]]
* ManChild: Chet calls Nick this. Played straight with Dwayne.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Travis isn't comfortable with the idea of killing The Major, or of people actually getting hurt in their attempt to get the money. On the other hand, he doesn't hesitate to [[spoiler: kill Chongo, albeit in self-defense]].
* MsFanservice: Juici
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Chet's feelings about Nick dating his sister. [[spoiler: It dosen't stop Nick from confessing his love to her or kissing her towards the end.]]
* NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight: [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil "You just brought a gun to a bomb fight, officer!"]]
* ProductPlacement: Nissan must have paid a lot of money to show off that nicely restored Datsun.
** Also Arby's and 5-Hour Energy drinks.
** All laptops seem to be Sony Vaio.
* RaceAgainstTime
* SadistTeacher: Chet has shades of this.
* SayMyName: "SAAAAAAAAAAAANDRAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!"
* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:The money that all of the characters had been fighting for during the entire length of the film was rendered useless the moment it was taken out of the bank due to a hidden dye bomb. However, nobody figures this out until they actually open the case at the end of the film.]]
* SpitefulSpit: Duane to The Major's new truck.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Michael Peņa as Chingo
* TheStinger: [[spoiler: Dwayne, Travis and The Major all survived their injuries and started a tanning salon/prostitution ring together. Dwayne also got Juici.]]
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Nick and Chet being mistaken for hispanic.
* StrappedToABomb: Plot being... well, being strapped to a bomb. And then being ordered to rob a bank or else be allowed to explode.
* ThirtyMinutesOrItsFree: The customers at Vito's Pizza love to abuse this trope. And Nick is not motivated enough to get there on time.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Dwayne and Travis.
* TooDumbToLive: Dwayne. Travis is a little smarter but not by much.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: One of the TV Spots [[spoiler:includes Nick trying to tell Dwayne to pull over because the bomb's in his van, before it explodes]].
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: With the emphasis in "Unsympathetic".
* WhatTheHellHero: Chet and Nick give this to each other multiple times, with Chet angry about Nick sleeping with his sister and Nick angry about Chet telling someone about Nick's mom having an affair, which led to word of it spreading around and leading to Nick's parents splitting up.
** [[spoiler:Travis later gives this to Dwayne, while changing the codes on the remote detonator, after Dwayne plans on cutting his losses and blowing Nick up.]]
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