Dax Shepard said in a Sydney Morning Herald interview after making Hit and Run, "The goal of this movie wasn't to crack the secret recipe of what would be successful but was all about getting together with friends and people we trusted and working together for the sake of working together." Each actor was given a role in the film that was written specifically for them and the casting is definitely one of the film's strong points. Unfortunately, Shepard didn't happen to come across the secret recipe of success along the way and what should have been a great comedy with a familiar and talented cast is somewhat lacking.

The story centres around Charlie (Shepard), a guy in witness protection who has had to leave his home in Los Angeles and move to a remote location where he meets his girlfriend, Annie (Bell). The story kicks off with Charlie bringing Annie to a job interview in LA, even though he knows there is a substantial risk that he will run into the people he is in witness protection to avoid. As their journey goes on Annie is given an insight into Charlie's past and the circles he used to run in. But the big question is if she will stand by her man now that she knows the truth about him.

The chemistry between Shepard and Bell is excellent but this is no surprise, given that they are a couple in real life. Character interactions in general are very strong, but it almost doesn't seem right to commend them on this as they are a bunch of friends making a movie together - this should come easily.

The only character I found unnatural and annoying was Randy the US Marshall (Arnold), as he was too over-the-top and it seemed that he was trying too hard to be funny without ever quite getting there. His scenes were a bit more cringe than laugh-out-loud.

While Hit and Run isn't a laugh-a-minute comedy, there are some quality gags thrown into the mix. It could, however, have done with some further editing as it is just too long and there are a few too many similar car chases included, which become somewhat repetitive.

Sinéad Brennan