Thursday, April 6, 2017

Going in Style Movie Review

Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman & Michael Caine (r) star in Going in Style

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Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Oscar winners Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby"), Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules," "Hannah and Her Sisters") and Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine") team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in director Zach Braff's comedy "Going in Style." Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

"It's a culture's duty to take care of its elderly," especially a trio of (thankfully) still-active Oscar winners. Braff's Going in Style has its moments (Keenan Thompson, teaser rate promo) but it's not half as charming or funny as the 1979 original, starring George Burns and Art Carney. For starters, it's a lot meaner ...which sets the stage for revenge, but not comedy. It also takes too long to get to the robbery (and its planning.) "Everyone deserves a piece of the pie," except for an irksome Christopher Llyod; but don't expect to be bowled over with laughter. Harmless fodder.

Grade: C