Joe Carnahan has carved out an eclectic career for himself as a director. Three years ago he made his best film to date with the emotional and tense dram, The Grey. That film followed The A-Team and Smokin’ Aces, movies that are best described as fun. One was an unabashedly over-the-top popcorn the movie, the other a wacky R-rated shoot’m up, and the voice that gave us those two films has now returned with Stretch. Happily though, this is a more consistent and successful blend of sorrow and anarchy. Kevin Stretch (Patrick Wilson) moved to Los Angeles with the dreams of becoming an actor, but instead found himself behind the wheel of a stretch limousine. After overcoming his substance abuse and gambling problem, Stretch is at his lowest point — he has zero money to his name, a job he’s unhappy with, an ex-girlfriend (Brooklyn Decker) he can’t get over and the ghost of his old pal Karl (Ed Helms) haunting him. The only bright spot in his life is his friendship with a co-worker named Charlie (Jessica Alba). To make matters worse, he has to come up with $6,000 in one day to payoff a gambling debt. To achieve the seemingly impossible, he agrees to drive around “eccentric” billionaire Roger Karos (Chris Pine), a whizkid known for his antics and, better yet, his generous tips. Set mostly over one night, this wicked step-sister to Martin Scorsese’s After Hours ultimately yields promise, even if the start of the film doesn’t.