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'Final Destination 5,' '30 Minutes or Less,' 'Glee' Movie Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Help, the big-screen adaptation of the best-selling novel, earned $5.5 million Wednesday in its first day of release, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Help will be joined at the box office Friday by three other new releases:

-- Final Destination 5: The plot will sound familiar to fans of the series: a man on his way to a corporate retreat has a premonition that he and some friends will die in a bridge collapse. They escape the tragedy but are subsequently stalked by death.  Nicholas D'Agosto, Miles Fisher and Emma Bell also star in this horror flick, which is screening in 3D.  Rated R.

-- 30 Minutes or Less: A pizza delivery guy is kidnapped by a pair of criminals who strap a bomb on him and force him to rob a bank.  Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson and Aziz Ansari also star in this comedy.  Rated R.

-- Glee: The 3D Concert Movie: The film captures the Glee cast's performances of "Don't Stop Believin'," "Raise Your Glass" and other songs from their concert tour earlier this year.  Rated PG.

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Movie Review: '30 Minutes or Less'

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jesse Eisenberg’s Nick is in his mid-twenties and delivering pizzas. His biggest thrills are breaking every traffic law imaginable to deliver pizzas in 30 Minutes or Less (or the pie is free!) and, on occasion, scamming money from obnoxious kids. While not really content with his job, he’s hardly exploring other options. Instead, he hangs out with his childhood friend, Chet, played by Aziz Ansari, a school teacher, while pining for Chet’s gorgeous sister, Kate (Dilshad Vadsaria).
On the other side of town, there’s Danny McBride’s Dwayne and his childhood best friend, Travis (Nick Swardson). They're the trashiest of white trash, and with a white trash fantasy: own a tanning salon as the front for a prostitution ring. The only thing standing in their way is Dwayne’s father, a former Marine and lottery winner who can’t stand his foul-mouthed Friday the 13th- loving son.  However, if Dwayne’s dad dies, our white trash entrepreneurs will have the money they need to fulfill their dream.
Enter the stripper, the hit-man, and the bomb. Dwayne and Travis order a pizza, knock Nick out and fit him with am explosive vest. Why? They order Nick to rob a bank of $100,000 or they’ll blow him to bits. Dwayne intends to use the money to hire a hit man to kill his dad -- a hit man he’s hiring through a stripper, which, as we all know, is the most reliable way to hire a hit man.
30 Minutes or Less is actually the deranged tale of two friendships. A very funny deranged tale of two friendships.  The movie is loosely based on a sad and unfortunate true story, but the over-the-top situation at the heart of this film is grounded in excellent performances and great chemistry among the four leads. Throw in hilarious turns by Michael Pena as the hit man and Fred Ward as Dwayne’s dad, and 30 Minutes or Less delivers a satisfying comedy, in 83 minutes or less.

Three-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Jesse Eisenberg Says New Film '30 Minutes or Less' Is 'Funny' and 'Unique'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Jesse Eisenberg says his latest film isn't a typical comedy. In 30 Minutes or Less, opening Friday, he plays a pizza delivery guy who's forced by two criminals to rob a bank. He says he was drawn to the script because it had something he feels a lot of comedies don't: "It featured these real characters and real relationships and yet the movie is really funny and the plot is really unique."

30 Minutes or Less is Eisenberg's first live-action film since his Oscar-nominated turn as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. The real Zuckerberg joined him on an episode of Saturday Night Live early this year, and Eisenberg says the billionaire handled himself well. The 27-year-old Eisenberg says, "Here's a guy who is my age and has a movie made about his life that maybe said some controversial things about the origin of his wonderful idea and he dealt with it as sweetly and honorably as you can deal with something like that."

Even though The Social Network established Eisenberg as one of Hollywood's hottest young actors, he says he tries to avoid media attention, so much so that he doesn't own a TV. He explains, "I just get really frightened about all the gossip stuff and somebody writing that I was at a coffee shop. All that stuff is terrifying to me because it's distracting from what I'd like to do."

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