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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.
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).
I just think you will love it. Thank you for reading.
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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Weak plot, kinda boring.Not the best performance but I love Christopher Walken so I'll give it 2 stars.Published 21 days ago by Lycee LaChance
fun seeing these amazingly cool guys still cool at this time in their life!!Published 21 days ago by Cecile FitzGerald Moran
I never heard of this movie! As a fan of all 3 actors I'm glad I found this gem. The movie is made so real life and raw with the great writing and
directing and of course the... Read more
This is one of those small budget movies with big name stars that will definitely want make you want to stay put (at home) for a night glued to the big screen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eugenia