The action-comedy is theoretically one of the best movie genres ever, because it lets you laugh and watch stuff explode at the same time. The danger with them is, if the comedy gets too silly, the action scenarios don’t hit with any weight, and if the action sequences get too intense, it’s hard to find any humor in the life and death stuff happening on the screen. You have to skirt the line just right and maintain the perfect tone in order to make an action-comedy successful, and I’ll be a monkey’s uncle, but the new trailer for Hit and Run makes it look like writer/co-director Dax Shepard has hit the nail on the head.

Hit and Run is the story of an ex-wheelman in the witness protection program (played by Shepard) who has left his wicked ways behind him and found himself in the incredibly fortunate situation of shacking up with Kristen Bell. Everything in his new life is just peachy – until his former cohorts find out where he is and start hitting people in the noses with golf clubs and demanding untold sums of money. Lots of chase scenes and yelling ensue.

The best part of the Hit and Run trailer is probably seeing Bradley Cooper dressed like Brad Pitt in True Romance. Or maybe it’s that lingering shot over Kristen Bell’s tiny body as she’s pulling on a pair of jeans. Or perhaps it’s seeing Tom Arnold get the chance to play a role that produces True Lies flashbacks. Heck, who knows what the best part of the Hit and Run trailer is. It’s just good fun throughout.

The film is set for a late summer release of August 24, and the trailer is available to watch right here right now. [Yahoo! Movies]


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