Josh Kovaks is the manager of a lavish apartment building in New York. When Arthur Shaw, the wealthy tenant of the penthouse apartment, is arrested by the FBI, all the workers in the building are left broke, having given Shaw their money to invest in good faith.
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Josh, together with fellow employees Charlie, Enrique and Odessa, and former resident Mr. Fitzhugh, plan to rob the hidden safe Shaw has in his apartment. To help them, Josh recruits a street thief called Slide.
During the heist they discover the safe to be empty, but also that Shaw's most prized possession, a classic Ferrari placed in his living room, is actually made out of solid gold. They also find an account book detailing Shaw's illegal activities.
Not to be deterred, the ambitious robbers try to get the car to the ground floor first by lowering it out the window, then on top of the elevator. In the end they hide it in the rooftop swimming pool.
The group is eventually caught by the FBI. Using the Shaw's account book as leverage, the group is freed, with the exception of Kovaks, who must serve jail time. The group then break down the gold car into parts which they send to all the building employees.
Best part of story, including ending:
The story is totally ridiculous of course, but why argue with the spectacle involving a solid gold car dangling above a New York parade.
Best scene in story:
The scenes where Slide is giving his "crash course for aspiring thieves" to the group, including shoplifting and lock picking.
Opinion about the main character:
Ben Stiller's character is overshadowed by Eddie Murphy as Slide, a streetwise burglar with a knack for funny lines.