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Stand Up Guys

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Val is released from prison after serving twenty-eight years for refusing to give up one of his close criminal associates. His best friend Doc is there to pick him up, and the two soon re-team with another old pal, Hirsch. 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. And despite their age, their capacity for mayhem is still very much alive and well - bullets fly as they make a hilariously valiant effort to compensate for the decades of crime, drugs and sex they've missed. 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.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,922 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BLF9FYA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Being a fan of all three male leads in Stand Up Guys, I found this hard to resist when offered via instant video. I was not disappointed. It wasn't brilliant or exciting or innovative; it was comfortable. Watching Pacino, Walken and Arkin play off each other was like watching three old buddies get together for a reunion. It's wonderful to see three old pros doing what they do best - light up the screen.
It was a great length - long enough to hold a complete story, short enough to not scream for editors to come finish the job to get on with the story...
Synopses of the plot are everywhere so explaining it isn't necessary here. Let's just say this was so entertaining that I'd pay another time to see it on the big screen. The next day I was still thinking back on it and smiling.
Just a note: This is not a lighthearted comedy. There are some very dark elements. But the viewer who looks at this collaboration and doesn't expect violence and some rough scenes must have come from another planet..
I'm sure some will criticize this for predictability or similarity to other films' endings but, for me, it made for an enjoyable evening. I may just buy the DVD.
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"Stand Up Guys" (2013 release; 94 min.) starts with Val (played by Al Pacino) being released from jail after a 28 year stint. He's awaited by his best friend Doc (played by Christopher Walken). We later find out that Val was in jail for the killing of the son of tough guy Claphands, and that Claphands has hired Doc to take out Val by 10 am the next morning. The movie plays out entirely in the 24 hrs. between Val's release from jail and the next morning. During that time we see the two old buddies "liven it up", leading to sometime funny (if at times predictable, as in: Viagra overdose consequences, etc.), and sometimes sentimential moments about the "bad old days" (when they get ready to take on some baddies, they look at each other and start humming: "It's time to kick ass or time to chew gum! but I've run out of gum", ha!).

Several comments: the only plot line that matters in the entire movie is whether at the end Doc takes out Val (I'm not going to tell you how it ends, you'll have to see for yourself how it all plays out). Far more important and enjoyable are the acting performances. Let's start with Al Pacino, who seems like he's having the time of his life and is feisty and fiery throughout. Christopher Walken brings a more restrained, but equally effective, performance. But the person who steals the movie is, once again, Alan Arkin in a fairly small role (he gets rescued/abducted from a seniors home by Val and Doc). Arkin seems to be everywhere these days (he's likely to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Argo).

Bottom line: this movie was okay, but could've been even better with a better script and tighter direction. The theatre where I saw this at here in Cincinnati tonight (1st day of release) was very poorly attended, leading me to believe that it's doubtful this movie will find a large audience. So if you are interested in this movie, better hurry before it's gone (or simply wait for the DVD release later this year).
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I watched Stand-Up Guys twice, and I would say I was blown away, but it was more like this little movie just snuck up on me, and decided to stay for awhile. I just did not expect this, in the slightest. The acting is superb, and it is hilarious, touching, sophisticated, and an ultimately heartbreaking and uplifting story about friendship, loss, old age, an ode to simpler times, and undying loyalty to your friends, and how you choose to go out in this world. One of the all time great endings. It is a film with so many beautiful little moments. I cannot recommend it enough.

I just think you will love it. Thank you for reading.
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I was lucky to attend a screening of ,Stand Up Guys', a thriller-comedy with Al Pacino and Christopher Walken. The movie is hilarious with lots of funny scenes and dialogues. Especially Al Pacino shows method acting at its best. He doesn't play - he is the low rank veteran mobster Val, who - fresh out of prison - wants to make the best of his last hours on earth. Val's only friend Doc is the exact opposite. He looks like a living dead while he is following Val through the night. Doc has a job to do and his job is to kill Val until the next morning. He doesn't have a choice. The mafia don, who wants to see Val dead, has threatened to kill Doc's niece, if Doc spares his friend's life. The world seems to press on Doc's shoulders. Val, on the other hand, knows for whom the bell tolls, but he's a ,Stand Up Guy' and so is his friend.

Director Fisher Stephens arranged extremely funny and dramatic scenes in a quick succession, but his best decision was to step back and let these guys play. Fantastic - don't miss this gem!
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Needless to say the acting is great, the script is clever and the plot keeps you guessing till the very end. While this is no "Godfather", on the other hand there ain't no horse's head in the bed either.
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Absolutely loved it. Love these actors, great story premise. Funny! If you're young, you may not enjoy it as much, but I enjoyed more than anything I've seen in a long time. My wife enjoyed it very much also
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Three criminals reunite to recapture the glory of their lawless youth, but find their celebrations interrupted when one is put into a difficult position by a vengeful mob boss. Nearly 20 years after refusing to inform on his partner-in-crime, Val (Al Pacino) emerges from prison a free man. Waiting for him at the gate is his old friend Doc (Christopher Walken), who quickly takes him out on the town with the mischievous Hirsh (Alan Arkin) to stir up some trouble. Good movie well acted. I enjoyed watching the forever young Al Pacino.
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