May 18, 2012

Film Review: Tower Heist

Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) is the building manager of a NYC luxury apartment complex called The Tower and has invested all of his employees' pensions with Tower tenant, Arthur Shaw, who gets arrested for fraud. It immediately becomes clear that all of the pension money is gone and there's nothing anyone can do about it. So Shaw gathers an unlikely motley crew to help him rob Shaw of $20 million he has hidden somewhere. Kovacs' help - Concierge and soon-to-be brother-in-law, Charlie Gibbs (Casey Affleck), a dead-broke tenant that gets evicted from The Tower, Mr. Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick), newly hired bellhop Enrique Dev'reaux (Michael Pena), and a petty crook named Slide (Eddie Murphy).

A lot of the jokes miss more than hit. But on the plus side, the acting is great and the majority of the characters make you actually feel something.

My Highlights:
Shoplifting, Mrs. Jin reveal, Mr. Fitzhugh armed, Odessa Montero (Gabourey Sidibe)'s poll, and most of what Michael Pena says.

Overall Rating:
Too much of the film's comedy is the same recycled gags seen in bad comedies for years. The writing in particular is sometimes far too obvious and unfleshed out. On the other hand, it's exciting, dynamic, and at times very funny. There are some good jokes in this film, for those of you who like that in your comedies. The casting was particularly excellent. All-in-all, it's a pretty decent mindless popcorn comedies that the older generations will probably enjoy more than the spoiled younger generations.

3.5 / 5

When You Should See It:
If you like movies like Grown Ups, Wild Hogs, or the later Rush Hour movies, then you'll want to see this film right away. If not, still give it a chance but don't rush out and do so, as there are probably a lot of other movies (comedies, even) that deserve your immediate attention more.

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