Stand Up Guys
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Val (Al Pacino) has just finished a quarter-century stretch in prison. Upon his release, he's met by his former partner and best friend, Doc (Christopher Walken). Doc's supposed to kill Val at the behest of their boss, but before doing it, he decides to take Val out for one last wild night on the town, along with another former crony of theirs, Hirsch (Alan Arkin).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
STAND UP GUYS is a movie that should have been a lot better than it ultimately is. It's very reminiscent of an old eighties movie called TOUGH GUYS, which starred Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas as bank robbers in their seventies also freshly out of jail. That movie worked because both guys had been off the screen for awhile, and they really did feel like relics of a by-gone era, giving the film a bit of a punch STAND UP GUYS doesn't have. That's because Pacino, Walken and Arkin never really went anywhere, and are arguably as big stars as they've ever been. They all look pretty well maintained, and nowhere near as over-the-hill as they're supposed to be, so you keep waiting for them to snap out of their depressed funk, and take it to the boss that ordered the hit on Val.
STAND UP GUYS also tries to mix gross-out comedy with drama, and the mix doesn't really work. Watching Pacino being rushed into an emergency room to have his penis drained after overdosing on Viagra is embarrassing, although I'll admit I got a kick out of watching him snort Walken's cataracts medicine like cocaine off a bar.
Still, STAND UP GUYS isn't a total loss, and definitely works as a rental if only for the great chemistry between Pacino, Walken and Arkin. All three guys feel like they really are pals from the old days, and when they start causing a bit of mischief by stealing cars and sticking up young whippersnappers, STAND UP GUYS comes to life.
STAND UP GUYS has a pretty standard sprinkling of extras. They're led off by a commentary track from actor-turned director Fisher Stevens, who my fellows eighties kids will remember from SHORT CIRCUIT, SUPER MARIO BROS, and other films. There's also two deleted scenes , and standard epk style featurette , another featurette on the cars featured in the movie, and finally The Stand Up Songs of Jon Bon Jovi about his contributions to the soundtrack.
STAND UP GUYS isn't a great film, but it's a decent one. Even in their worst movies, Al Pacino and Christopher Walken are always worth watching, and there are enough good scenes between the two of them that makes STAND UP GUYS a worthwhile rental.