Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Now on Amazon Prime: Stand Up Guys (2012)

Stand Up Guys (2012) - Directed by Fisher Stevens; Written by Noah Haidle; Starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin.

By Kenny Howell

The idea of an aging mobster spending the evening with a former confidant when he gets out of jail, knowing that he will have to kill him by the morning is a good idea. 

Putting Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin in the movie are also good ideas. 

What's not a good idea is to get away from the heart of the story, the friendship, and the complicated relationship it has caused for a life in organized crime, and replacing the majority of it with old man jokes. 

That is essentially what Stand Up Guys is. It is closer to Grumpy Old Men than it is any mobster movie. Director Stevens spends so much time on them going to a brothel, them doing drugs, them acting crazy (that's not what old people are supposed to be like!), that he forgets how heartbreaking it is that he is going to have to take his friends life, something he should be mightily struggling with, but only does in quick scenes between times of acting out. It literally takes less than 20 minutes for them to get to a boner pill joke. 

Pretty disappointing all around.

Stand Up Guys is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. 

Rating: *1/2

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