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Tower Heist (2011)

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Rated: PG-13

1 hr 49 min

Either they are running out of names for movies, or the creativity level is at an all time low.

Alan Alda plays a wealthy business man who illegally invests an entire group of hotel worker’s money and loses it all. Ben Stiller, who plays Alda’s highly efficient building manager, decides to become the modern day Robin Hood. Josh (Stiller) and his band of rag-tag misfits are going to steal $20 mil from the penthouse suite.

Is Eddie Murphy still funny?

While anyone can tell that he is past his prime, he managed to get a few chuckles out of me. However, the humor that resorts to using cuss words to be funny, just isn’t my cup of tea. I’d rather the writing be clever and unique instead of trying to appeal to, what Hollywood thinks, is cool.

Then Ben Stiller holds it together right?

Yes. I’ve always thought that Stiller is a pretty good actor, both in funny and serious roles. What I found surprising about this movie is that it had overtones of seriousness. As an audience member, I really found myself caring for all the worker’s lives that were ruined in a split second. I’m so glad that Stiller didn’t go over the top with his character. He balanced out the loud Eddie Murphy.

Did anything stand out?

I thought that Matthew Broderick was probably the funniest character. He is so subtle about his humor and had some of the whittier lines. He can also also turn on the loud humor without being obnoxious. However, I did find great similarities between his crazed business man character here and the CPA he played in The Producers (2005).

Last thoughts:

This is a movie that surprised me on how above average it was. I really wasn’t expecting much even with some big name actors, but that just goes to show star power is still worth something.  Although highly predictable, Tower Heist still managed to produce a few laughs.

However, I felt that sometimes that the actors were too old. It felt like this could be the, Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, sequel to Grown-ups (2010).

Overall, Tower Heist can be a good time if you love the actors and their style of humor. The plot will be forgettable by next year but with this good cast, I think it deserves a chance.

“If anybody needs me, I’ll be living in this box.”

7.0 out of 10

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