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Val is released from prison after serving twenty-eight years for refusing to give up one of his close criminal associates. His best friend Doc is there to pick him up, and the two soon reteam with another old pal, Hirsch. Their bond is as strong as ever, and the three reflect on freedom lost and gained, loyalties ebbed and flowed, and days of glory gone by. And despite their age, their capacity for mayhem is still very much alive and well - bullets fly as they make a hilariously valiant effort to compensate for the decades of crime, drugs and sex they've missed. But one of the friends is keeping a dangerous secret -- he's been put in an impossible quandary by a former mob boss, and his time to find an acceptable alternative is running out. As the sun rises on the guys' legendary reunion, their position becomes more and more desperate and they finally confront their past once and for all.
Comedy Crime - This comedy-drama is a big two-man show for stars Al Pacino and
Christopher Walken. Alan Arkin and especially Julianna Margulies have
much smaller supporting roles. Older adults are the target.
and sex references make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; 11 S-words; 2 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Shootings and fights. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol. ACTION: A car chase. COMEDY: Banter and wisecracks, often sex-related and dark; old people humor.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good Sometimes it's all about the casting. The notice of a screening came around, I read the names Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, and it didn't matter in a way what the movie was about — although it didn't hurt that it was a crime movie.
Washington PostFull Review Average Even when 'Stand Up Guys' succumbs to slack pacing, schematic storytelling and the most cliche grand finale in cinematic history, he keeps it real.
NY PostFull Review Poor Stevens' 'Stand Up Guys,' in which Pacino plays a doomed crook playing out his final hours with his best friend (Christopher Walken), is painful, misshapen and a little gross.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 34 moviegoers:
These three major actors certainly didn't draw a major crowd. From multiple showings we were only able to collect 34 reviews.
TEENS:The three males all enjoyed it very much with two loving it. The lone female also loved "Stand Up Guys."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The one male only rated it average.
ADULTS:These are definitely not the best reviews. A small percentage of males rated it above average, but the vast majority only rated it as an average movie. A few rated it very low. The female reviews aren't much better. A very small percentage truly enjoyed it. About a third rated it above average and another third rated it just average. A few also rated it very low.