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Stand Up Guys

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Al Pacino and Christopher Walken head up a woeful gangster comedy

In the age of The Expendables, it's hard for anyone to claim “I’m getting too old for this shit”.

You’d think, though, that septuagenarians Al Pacino and Christopher Walken would still have enough self-respect left in the tank to steer clear of debacles like this.

Fresh out of prison, small-time crim Val (Pacino) indulges his vices, unaware that his old partner Doc (Walken) has orders to kill him before daybreak.

Instead of tension, we get limp Viagra gags and rape/revenge scenarios inexplicably played for laughs.

Most ‘one crazy night’ movies (from After Hours to Superbad) thrive on a sense of escalation, but Stand Up Guys only seems to lower the stakes as it stumbles tediously on. 

 

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Jun 28th 2013, 9:06

      3

      A ridiculously harsh review! Film is nowhere near as bad as this is making out. It's not as great as you'd hope for and absolutely nothing like the trailer suggests, but if you think of it just as a short tale it's actually pretty charming and quite sad in parts. The old Pacino we all love left us around the mid-90's (Carlito's Way, Heat) and he generally does cr4p these days, but he wasn't too bad in this, plus Walken was great, as was Arkin. In fact, the more I think about it the more ridiculous this 1 star rating becomes.....

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    • esiambalboa

      Aug 18th 2013, 13:14

      2

      I think it's worth 2 stars myself... It's almost okay almost, when it's not about Pacino looking 80 trying to hook up with 20 year olds...

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