- Fisher Stevens,
- Noah Haidle,
- Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Katheryn Winnick, Mark Margolis, Vanessa Ferlito,
- Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin star in this crime comedy about two aging criminals who decide to have one last night of debauchery after one is hired to kill the other.
Veering between buddy movie and action-thriller, Stand Up Guys is a mildly raunchy, modestly entertaining geriatric comedy.
It's Walken who grounds every scene with the kind of watchful honesty that has become his brand in late-career.
While the action is brisk, the film never feels in a hurry. Walken and Pacino amble through their paces. Arkin ups the adrenaline any time he's around, and he is not around quite enough.
Pacino, long ago having given up subtlety for bombast, continues along that path here, but he's still fun to watch.
The script is undernourished, the supporting characters - including a horribly miscast Lucy Punch - ill-conceived, and Val increasingly hard to take. But when the movie ended, I wanted to watch Walken all over again.
It's like stocking a team with proven performers and hoping that everything else will work itself out at the end, including a rickety script, indifferent direction, and a plot that pretends its final act is anything other than a cliché-hugging inevitability.
It's long on Viagra jokes and whorehouse scenes, and comes up short on plausibility.
Dare we say it? Even the acting is atrocious, with pop-eyed Pacino chewing the scenery like a geezer gumming his oatmeal.
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