Stand-Up Guys is the last Al Pacino movie I’ve seen. He’s not alone, of course, but it is not important. The subject is pretty lame. There is this bunch of decrepit mobsters, one played by Pacino and another one played by Christopher Walken. Walken has to kill Pacino when he came out of prison where he stayed alone because he never talked. Nobody expected him to talk, but in the last heist they pulled out, the son of a local “made” guy got killed. So this “chief” wanted Pacino dead to revenge his son’s death. And who do you think, took the contract? Pacino’s best friend and brother in nasty plans, Walken.
Pacino wants women, Pacino wants to dance, he got an Oscar for dancing, remember? So they went to a brothel managed by Lucy Punch (extremely comic, and very talented in all the movies she plays) where Pacino proved to be a little bit tired by age and ego. They went out and Walken “elegantly” broke into a Pharmacy stealing potency medicine for Pacino who swallowed a whole box, went back and after than needed a doctor, being on the verge of a heart attack or something like that. They went to a hospital where they recognized the doctor played by Juliana Margoulis who was Alan Arkin’s daughter. No need to say that Arkin was the third decrepit member of this trio of former thieves, but he has been kept in an asylum.
With Pacino in a better shape (except Godfather’s sequels, I don’t remember Pacino to like roles where he’s in “shape”, even if he is one of the greatest actors alive), they went to kidnap Arkin from the asylum, and they returned to the brothel, of course, where Arkin’s character bet everybody that he is the most unforgettable lover in the world and went in a room with both the matron Punch and Pacino’s former partner. He won and he died a little of another attack.
We find some more things about the characters, they steal a car or some cars from other thugs, they save a girl of being violently raped by unscrupulous bandits, and other adventures, and they decide to die together, Pacino and Walken, trying to kill the contractor.
If you don’t see the movie, you loose nothing. Nice acted by the stars, they have not spectacular, they pulled just their own specific tricks, Walken has the same haircut from at least twenty years, Arkin is the same cold “bastard” (Ar-go f-ck yourself) and Pacino, not playing Shakespeare this time, wears the same ridiculous clothes as in real life, which make him shorter and fatter than he is. Anyway, great actor, great actors with good company were present in this movie, all of the budged went to them. With all that, the film is a big disappointment with all his 6.5 imdb rating.
Stand-Up Guys is a movie directed by Fisher Stevens and written by Noah Haidle, starring: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies, Mark Margolis, Lucy Punch, Addison Timlin, Vanessa Ferlito, Katheryn Winnick, etc…
Released in March 2013, 95 min, 6.5 imdb rating, as I said.
Caption credits at imdb.
The trailer shows all that is to show in this movie.
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