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Tower Heist trailer arrives and goes better than expected

07.28.2011

I will admit that I'm predisposed to hate a movie starring seeming comedy has-beens Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, and furthermore so when I discover their team-up is being directed by Brett Ratner.

But you know, I geniunely liked this trailer for TOWER HEIST, and the two actors appear to be back in halfway decent comedic form, particularly Murphy who has had perhaps one of the biggest career slides in Hollywood history the last few years.

The story follows the staff of a luxury apartment building run by Ben Stiller who are defrauded out of their pensions by their chief client, Alan Alda who resides in the Penthouse. Stiller recruits ex-con Eddie Murphy to help him with a heist where the staff combines to find and steal Alda's $20M in cash.

Check it out for yourself below and see if you were surprised the way I was.

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Extra Tidbit: For half a second, I thought Murphy was JB Smoove. It's been that long where I didn't even recognize him at first.
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2:53PM on 07/29/2011

Well

This doesn't look as bad as everybody said it will be. Might actually have a good time with this one, will wait for the reviews.
This doesn't look as bad as everybody said it will be. Might actually have a good time with this one, will wait for the reviews.
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11:52AM on 07/29/2011

Murphy

The Eddie Murphy in this trailer reminds me of the Eddie Murphy from the 90s. This is a very good thing.
The Eddie Murphy in this trailer reminds me of the Eddie Murphy from the 90s. This is a very good thing.
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8:42AM on 07/29/2011

Ratner

Maybe it's just me, but I don't understand all the hate for Ratner. I actually did not mind his X-men, and Red Dragon was excellent. Rush Hour movies are good for what they are too. Bring on the negatives, but I actually like him as a director!
Maybe it's just me, but I don't understand all the hate for Ratner. I actually did not mind his X-men, and Red Dragon was excellent. Rush Hour movies are good for what they are too. Bring on the negatives, but I actually like him as a director!
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2:43AM on 07/29/2011

extra tidbit: who's JB Smooth?

Yea I'm diggin this trailer too! Eddie's character reminds me of the old Eddie. I'm getting a Beverly Hills Cop, 48 hours, and Trading Places vibe! That last scene with him and the girl from Precious was pretty funny!
Yea I'm diggin this trailer too! Eddie's character reminds me of the old Eddie. I'm getting a Beverly Hills Cop, 48 hours, and Trading Places vibe! That last scene with him and the girl from Precious was pretty funny!
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12:58AM on 07/29/2011

Noah Baumbach wrote this...

An Oscar nominee btw.
An Oscar nominee btw.
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12:32AM on 07/29/2011
Come on, really the girl from Precious?? This is what she's doing after being nominated for an oscar?? Gotta love how in the trailer you see her eating, nice Ratner. And the obvious joke about Murphy liking her because she's so obese. Wow. Also great job to the people in her life, she looks like she got bigger and even further away from good health. Shameful.
Come on, really the girl from Precious?? This is what she's doing after being nominated for an oscar?? Gotta love how in the trailer you see her eating, nice Ratner. And the obvious joke about Murphy liking her because she's so obese. Wow. Also great job to the people in her life, she looks like she got bigger and even further away from good health. Shameful.
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10:59PM on 07/28/2011
Love the cast. Eddie Murphy's greatest work was in movies where he had to share the screen with other actors (48 Hrs, Trading Places). Will this be a good movie? I can honestly say I have never seen an entire Brett Ratner film. And Ben Stiller got his groove back with Dodgeball and Tropic Thunder.
Love the cast. Eddie Murphy's greatest work was in movies where he had to share the screen with other actors (48 Hrs, Trading Places). Will this be a good movie? I can honestly say I have never seen an entire Brett Ratner film. And Ben Stiller got his groove back with Dodgeball and Tropic Thunder.
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10:22PM on 07/28/2011
Ill wait to Netflix it. It doesn't look horrible but it doesn't look all that great either. I'll see it just because of the cast except Tea Leoni. If any other director were behind it I'd probably go see it in theaters.
Ill wait to Netflix it. It doesn't look horrible but it doesn't look all that great either. I'll see it just because of the cast except Tea Leoni. If any other director were behind it I'd probably go see it in theaters.
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6:51PM on 07/28/2011

The hate for Ratner is unjustified...

It truly is folks. People blame him for X-MEN 3 even though if it hadn't been for Matthew Vaughn quitting the film at the last second, Ratner would have never done it. Plus the fact that Ratner had no say in the script or didn't have time to make major changes.
He did the best he could with the cards he was dealt. And to be honest, I think he did fine.
It truly is folks. People blame him for X-MEN 3 even though if it hadn't been for Matthew Vaughn quitting the film at the last second, Ratner would have never done it. Plus the fact that Ratner had no say in the script or didn't have time to make major changes.
He did the best he could with the cards he was dealt. And to be honest, I think he did fine.
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7:19PM on 07/28/2011
Three words Rush Hour 3...now it's justified!
Three words Rush Hour 3...now it's justified!
2:46AM on 07/29/2011
I agree with you Elder. Brett has made some pretty good films (minus Rush Hour 3). He's definitely no Uwe Bole!
I agree with you Elder. Brett has made some pretty good films (minus Rush Hour 3). He's definitely no Uwe Bole!
6:31PM on 07/28/2011

Looking forward to it, but...

I have to say it feels a lot like Showtime to me. Hooking Murphy up with an actor who is still established (De Niro) and attaching a director who has had success with buddy action (Tom "Shanghai Noon" Dey) and churning out a steaming pile that just didn't work...Again, I'm looking forward to it and am optimistic.
I have to say it feels a lot like Showtime to me. Hooking Murphy up with an actor who is still established (De Niro) and attaching a director who has had success with buddy action (Tom "Shanghai Noon" Dey) and churning out a steaming pile that just didn't work...Again, I'm looking forward to it and am optimistic.
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6:19PM on 07/28/2011
hmm i didn't realize Ben Stiller was a comedy has been?
hmm i didn't realize Ben Stiller was a comedy has been?
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5:46PM on 07/28/2011
Look, Ratner isn't Darren Aronofsky, but he does action-comedies rather well. The Rush Hour franchise was great (not so much the third) and this looks along the lines of that.

BTW- It's great to see Eddie Murphy in a movie where he doesn't have kids vomiting on him.
Look, Ratner isn't Darren Aronofsky, but he does action-comedies rather well. The Rush Hour franchise was great (not so much the third) and this looks along the lines of that.

BTW- It's great to see Eddie Murphy in a movie where he doesn't have kids vomiting on him.
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5:45PM on 07/28/2011

Funny... for a jailbird.

Looks funny! The "entry point" made me actually laugh out loud (literally).

But... is it actually in his contract that the only "mature" comedies Eddie Murphy can star in MUST feature him as a convict?
Looks funny! The "entry point" made me actually laugh out loud (literally).

But... is it actually in his contract that the only "mature" comedies Eddie Murphy can star in MUST feature him as a convict?
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5:10PM on 07/28/2011
Fuck Brett Ratner. Guy hasn't made a good movie yet.
Fuck Brett Ratner. Guy hasn't made a good movie yet.
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6:26PM on 07/28/2011
aww someone is still butt hurt over X-men 3
aww someone is still butt hurt over X-men 3
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4:43PM on 07/28/2011
Looks great. But even after this movie comes out and is more than likely hilarious and amazing, people will STILL talk shit on Brett Ratner! All because of X-Men 3! 1 bad movie and he is forever tainted! (Yes, i enjoyed the Rush Hour movies, Money Talks, After The Sunset)! Same fate befell Joel Schumacher for the Batman movies, even though dude directed: 8mm, Falling Down, Phone Booth and A Time To Kill!
Looks great. But even after this movie comes out and is more than likely hilarious and amazing, people will STILL talk shit on Brett Ratner! All because of X-Men 3! 1 bad movie and he is forever tainted! (Yes, i enjoyed the Rush Hour movies, Money Talks, After The Sunset)! Same fate befell Joel Schumacher for the Batman movies, even though dude directed: 8mm, Falling Down, Phone Booth and A Time To Kill!
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4:29PM on 07/28/2011
The prison guard who comes to the cell to get murphy is the guy who had the truck of cigarettes in beverly hills cop.
The prison guard who comes to the cell to get murphy is the guy who had the truck of cigarettes in beverly hills cop.
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4:10PM on 07/28/2011

LOL.

Looks like a decent tape rental. nothing more, nothing less.
Looks like a decent tape rental. nothing more, nothing less.
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5:19PM on 07/28/2011
What year did you right that comment in?
What year did you right that comment in?
6:28PM on 07/28/2011
lol @ tape rental
lol @ tape rental
8:45PM on 07/28/2011
@ Comeaution22 1995. I am from the future of the past future.
@ Comeaution22 1995. I am from the future of the past future.
4:04PM on 07/28/2011
Welcome back, Mr. Murphy. We missed you.
Welcome back, Mr. Murphy. We missed you.
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3:08PM on 07/28/2011

I can dig it!

Looks pretty funny. I love me some Eddie Murphy.
Looks pretty funny. I love me some Eddie Murphy.
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2:42PM on 07/28/2011
lol Ben Stiller a has-been? He's probably the most bankable comedic actor in the world today, and has been for a few years now.
lol Ben Stiller a has-been? He's probably the most bankable comedic actor in the world today, and has been for a few years now.
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2:06PM on 07/28/2011
See...these are the movies Ratner should be making. I'm there.
See...these are the movies Ratner should be making. I'm there.
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2:04PM on 07/28/2011
If it makes Murphy funny and relevent again, I'll support it.
If it makes Murphy funny and relevent again, I'll support it.
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2:02PM on 07/28/2011

If Eddie is funny again...

I'll see the movie. SEIZURE BOY!
I hope Alan Alda wins BTW!
I'll see the movie. SEIZURE BOY!
I hope Alan Alda wins BTW!
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1:51PM on 07/28/2011

Return to Form

Eddie's looking rough, which I am guessing is about half the character and half him. He hasn't had this dirty of a character in years and it could be a slight return to form. Hopefully he doesn't squander it.
Eddie's looking rough, which I am guessing is about half the character and half him. He hasn't had this dirty of a character in years and it could be a slight return to form. Hopefully he doesn't squander it.
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1:50PM on 07/28/2011

Didn't like it

Brett Ratner should give up. He resorts to cliches it is insulting.
Brett Ratner should give up. He resorts to cliches it is insulting.
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6:30PM on 07/28/2011
he didn't write the movie, get over the x-men already
he didn't write the movie, get over the x-men already
10:24PM on 07/28/2011
Hollywood would be a better place with out him.
Hollywood would be a better place with out him.
1:46PM on 07/28/2011

Looks Fun

Murphy must have new agent or something or maybe Chris Tucker passed on this. Still, it looks a good laugh.
Murphy must have new agent or something or maybe Chris Tucker passed on this. Still, it looks a good laugh.
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1:30PM on 07/28/2011
Some people might not like (or publicly acknowledge) the fact, that this is actually a good trailer.
Some people might not like (or publicly acknowledge) the fact, that this is actually a good trailer.
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1:24PM on 07/28/2011
Looks good. But with the average age of the cast 40+, is it too much to ask we get an R-rated Eddie Murphy? Fucking MPAA taking away films' earning power over F-bombs since 1984.
Looks good. But with the average age of the cast 40+, is it too much to ask we get an R-rated Eddie Murphy? Fucking MPAA taking away films' earning power over F-bombs since 1984.
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1:22PM on 07/28/2011

I agree w/ your take on Eddie Murphy, but...

since when did Ben Stiller become a comedy has-been?
since when did Ben Stiller become a comedy has-been?
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1:16PM on 07/28/2011
"You made bail" Nice nod to Trading Places. It's cool to see Murphy looking like he is having fun - kind of has the Foley thing going.
"You made bail" Nice nod to Trading Places. It's cool to see Murphy looking like he is having fun - kind of has the Foley thing going.
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1:04PM on 07/28/2011
LOL @ Stiller running.
LOL @ Stiller running.
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