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Worth a view no matter who you are
on February 1, 2014
Resting on the format of a fifties or sixties comedy, giving glitz, glam, and wonder with little focus on the many of the direct issues the characters face. Definitely a barrel of laughs, the adds didn't away all the best parts; but the total party atmosphere gets a bit stale. Not for lack of acting chops, but like all party's you want to leave about fifteen minutes before you actually do, waiting to see if something happens. If your looking for just a good laugh, this is a film for it; but not much lies beneath the surface.
I'm biased to old folks in film. Bucket List, Grumpy/Grumpier old men. This fits neatly into that genre without making any serious deviations from it. Devoid of the tragedy of most of the genre removes the tear jerker aspect from it, although fitting neatly into the classic Hollywood format of a fifties or sixties comedy, paying homage to the era that the boys were still boys.
Of the notable star ensemble, Kevin Klein gives the stand out performance. Although the development of the character is a little rough, it doesn't take away from defining a character beyond just the star power brought by the actor. Further, the awkward behavior stands out like a gem set between the funny but cool styles of Freeman, De Nero, and Douglas.
A classic that should be watched with an older viewer. Not as touching as some of it's compatriot films, but still manages to raise a smile or two.