Stand Up Guys Movie Review Summary

Actors: Al Pacino, Christopher Walkin, Alan Arkin

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This is movie is about geezer-aged criminals trying to re-create the glory of their youth. After doing a long stint in the joint, the character Val (played by Al Pacino) finally gets out of jail. His old partner in crime, is the character named Doc (played by Christopher Walken). In an interesting plot twist, Doc has been ordered by his mob boss Claphands (played by Mark Margolis) to kill his best friend Val from so many years ago, before the morning after the day he gets out of jail. Doc has no choice but to make the “hit.” Doc picks up his friend Val from prison and tells him he essentially has only one night left to live. Val wants to have one more great night out on the town if this is the end for him.
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The two conspire to break their third running partner from long ago, out of the old folk's home to go out for a night of mayhem and debauchery. The visit Hirsch (played by Alan Arkin) and get him to leave the nursing home to go out with them. They steal a super fast car which happens to be owned by a major gang member. They race around town at high speed, avoiding the mobsters, the gang-bangers, and escape when the cops give chase. Val wants to have some female companionship and do a lot partying but is worried about his potential performance at the house of prostitutes, so they break into a pharmacy to steal Viagra. They party like it is the end of the world, which for Val it really is.

After a full night of debauchery they end up at a late night diner and are served by a sweet waitress named Alex (played by Addison Timlin) who is very kind to them. She is Doc's daughter but she does not know this. She just thinks Doc is a kind old man, who is a regular customer. She has no idea he is both her father and a contract killer by trade. Doc longs to tell her who he really is but can't get up the courage to do so. As the morning dawns, Val has figured out that it is his friend Doc that was ordered to kill him and resigns himself to his fate but not without going out with a bang.

Best part of story, including ending: It is very amusing to see that very old guys can act like young ones again.

Best scene in story: When the character Hirsch (played by Alan Arkin) gets into the modern car that they have just broken into and looks for the keys to start it. It is hilarious that the car starts with a button instead and he has never seen anything like it. Old guys don't know about cars that start with buttons.

Opinion about the main character: AL Pacino's character Val is really terrific. Pacino has a hunched-over walk that makes the age of the character really convincing and even Val is a criminal, the audience empathizes with him and doesn't want to see him get killed.

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Comedy or Parody about    -   gangsters/crime How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   criminal Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Italian


City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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