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About the Movie
Oscar® winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin star in this action-comedy about retired gangsters who reunite for one last epic night.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 107
- Fresh: 40
- Rotten: 67
- Average Rating: 5.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Some actors don't need top-shelf material. Just the pleasure of their company is enough. And so Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin turn the insubstantial Stand Up Guys into solid entertainment.
Rotten: There is a sense that everyone, this treasure trove of talent included, is waiting for something to happen, some bit of alchemy that will make the story coalesce into a whole and take it beyond the jokes about Viagra, hookers and regrets.
Rotten: It's been a long time since a movie wasted as much talent as Stand Up Guys, a film that aims to be a geezer Goodfellas but whose execution is a misfire.
Rotten: Actor-turned-director Fisher Stevens gravely misjudges the tone - when he isn't trying to get too cute about everything, he slathers his characters in unearned sentimentality.
A CRIMINAL WASTE OF A SOLID PREMISE
"Stand Up Guys" sparked my interest for one reason and one reason only: it united three of the most iconic screen legends of the past few decades (Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin) and put them together in one dark, dramatic action-comedy. At least that's what the trailers wanted us to believe the film would be like. In reality, it couldn't have been less impressive. More than anything, it was just boring and uneventful. The story is basically about a retired mob veteran (Pacino) who, after being released from a lengthy prison stay, reconnects with his best friend (Walken) and their associate (Arkin) for one last wild night. But one of the guys is keeping a dangerous secret - he's been ordered to kill his friend, and his time to find an acceptable alternative is running out. As the sun rises on the gangsters' reunion, they're soon forced to confront their dark past once and for all. The promising premise alone does pack some huge potential, but it's ultimately wasted on a bland, meandering script that constantly goes from one outrageous but forgettable scenario to the next without any sort of fluidity or common sense. At the same time, the chemistry between our three main leads feels off more often than not, and their constantly snappy dialogue can grow somewhat tiresome well after the thirty-minute mark. It also doesn't help that the flick drags at a snail-like pace whenever it should be picking up steam, which explains why I started dozing in and out of sleep about halfway through. But overall, "Stand Up Guys" simply feels like a mediocre waste of a talented cast. If the direction wasn't so inconsistent and the writing was less contrived, then this probably could've been an enjoyable dark comedy worth seeing a second time. But not even the combined efforts of acting legends like Pacino, Walken, and Arkin can save this underdeveloped movie from being the drawn-out bore that it is. Unless you're a fan of all three actors and their deadpan brand of humor, this disjointed drama will most likely leave you in the dust by the time the credits roll.
There were some funny parts in this show which lead to my title as a watchable movie. Not bad, but not outstanding. Worth the rental price but glad I didn't pay full theater fees.
Waste of time and $
The title says it all. Very slooooowwww!
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2012
- ™ & © 2012 Lakeshore Entertainment Group LLC, Kimmel Distribution, LLC and Lions Gate Films Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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- Stand Up Guys (Original Motion Picture Score)
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