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Stand Up Guys (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Stand Up Guys largely wastes its talented cast in a resolutely mediocre comedy hampered by messy direction and a perfunctory script.

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Val (Al Pacino) is released from prison after serving twenty-eight years for refusing to give up one of his close criminal associates. His best friend Doc (Christopher Walken) is there to pick him up, and the two soon re-team with another old pal, Hirsch (Alan Arkin). 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. 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. -- (C) Lionsgate
Rating:
R (for language, sexual content, violence and brief drug use)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Written By:
In Theaters:
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Box Office:
$3,301,046.00
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Cast

Alan Arkin
as Hirsch
Julianna Margulies
as Nina Hirsch
Lucy Punch
as Wendy
Mark Margolis
as Claphands
Bill Burr
as Larry
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All Critics (107) | Top Critics (34)

Thematic inconsistencies abound as Stevens aims for a tone somewhere between Grumpy Old Men, The Hangover, and Goodfellas.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 2, 2013
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It's just fun to watch Pacino, Walken and Arkin work together, very much enjoying the shared experience. Seeing Stand Up Guys is an offer you could easily refuse, but hey, why fight it?

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Toronto Star
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If you don't think Al Pacino still has it in him, this is a welcome chance to be proved wrong.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Is it fun? Sure, some of the time. Is it good? That's a stretch. Does it tap the potential of these three actors? Fuggedaboutit.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Detroit News
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The degree to which "Stand Up Guys" succeeds at all is completely dependent on Walken, who elevates everything around him by seemingly doing nothing at all.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Stand Up Guys

½

A coupla guys who've seen a mob movie or two return to the form one more time in this sort of bucket list for mob guys movie. And what do mob guys want at the end of the road? One more job together again, natcherly. Pacino, Walkin & Arkin are old hands at this, and so raise what might've been a banal and cheesy offering to sort of a cool night at the bowling alley with some oldtimers. Some classy oldtimers. Take a selfie with them.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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The star is for Christopher Walken, who really commits to this turdburger of a movie and makes Al Pacino look just as washed-up as I've long refused to admit he is. Skip this one, blecch.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

A hit-man must kill his ex-partner, who has just been released from prison, but first they go on one last evening of entertainment. Christopher Walken, who has discovered his sensitive side in his later years, and Al Pacino are great together, and I can only wish that they unite for a better story than this one. Uneven in tone and genre, the film is best described as Grumpy Old Men meets Carlito's Way, and those two films don't mix well. Alan Arkin, forever sardonic, is hilarious but miscast, only adding to the comedic milieu, until we're supposed to take the film seriously. Overall, though I'm happy to see good actors giving good performances, even the best actors need a script.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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