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Grade: B+ Rating: PG-13, 97 minutes In a Nutshell: Face it, the cast is a bunch of adorable, lovable, and legendary guys: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin. They have fantastic chemistry and are the highlight of the film. They ARE the film. Going In Style is a remake of the old 1979 movie, yet the story still has relevance. You’ll be entertained and walk out of the theater with a goofy grin on your face. Uplifting theme: Life-long friends Loyalty, family, friendship “One can’t get enough time.” – Joe (Michael Caine) “Do you want to drift off into the sunset or go out with a bang?” – Joe “There’s always another way.” – Murphy (Peter Serafinowicz Things I liked: Christopher Lloyd has a small role, but he does a great job and steals the scenes he’s in. I don’t like seeing him get so old, but it happens to all of us. We haven’t seen Ann Margaret in a while. I think the first time I ever saw her in a movie was in Bye Bye Birdie. I thought she was mesmerizing. What incredible, long careers all of these actors have had. Pie! It’s entertaining to see how they mastermind their big crime. Even funnier is watching them try to steal some groceries to get their feet wet in their new life of crime. Kids, don't try this! Have you noticed that Morgan Freeman has now been in 3 movies with the same theme that he’s dying and now needs to do something crazy? Check out The Bucket List and Last Vegas. See? They're both fun flicks too. Things I didn’t like: The movie suggests that all banks are evil and heartless; therefore, it’s OK to commit crime. It is NOT OK to commit a crime. When people have nothing to lose, they do bad and/or illegal things. Having challenges in life still doesn’t give us permission to break the law. It’s always a strange sensation when the audience wants the people in the movie to do something bad. Does that mean we’re living variously through them? Do we want to be able to justify or rationalize our own bad behavior? What does that say about us? It’s not laugh-out-loud super funny, but it’s still charming. Funny lines: “This isn’t an admission of guilt. I’m just tired.” – Albert (Alan Arkin) “Take my number. Things happen.” – Mitzi (Siobhan Fallon Hogan) My family still imitates her funny accent when she said "sugar water" in Men In Black Interesting lines: “We’re friends, Willy. We’re supposed to look out for each other, aren’t we? Then, let’s do it.” – Joe (Michael Caine) “It’s a culture’s duty to take care of its elderly.” – Jesus (John Ortiz) Tips for parents: Some profanity, including one F-bomb You might have to tell the kids about who the Rat Pack was. Some suggestive material and pre-marital relations. Medical marijuana discussion If you're interested in seeing the original Going in Style (1979) with George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg, you can actually still get it on Amazon! @trinaboiceApril 17th, 2017 · Details
This remake of a 1979 film of the same name is a frustrating endeavor. There's lots to like. And lots not to like. On the positive side of the ledger, the relationship these three struggling and desperate old codgers have with each other (and with their families) is truly sweet. The chemistry between acting icons Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin feels genuine. They obviously had a good time making the film, and they invite audiences into the same feel-good vibe. If only there weren't so many things that work against that positive vibe. It's a pretty long litany of things that are less admirable here: Albert's sexual relationship with Annie; Joe and Willie's pot use; everyone's use of a profanity. Then there's the central conceit of the film itself: three old guys robbing a bank. It's silly and preposterous, of course. And we're not really meant to overthink the morality of it. After all, the film wants us to believe, these old guys have been wronged and they're just trying to right that wrong. Never mind if their strategy is also wrong, the film wants to say. But even if Going In Style is intended to be a whimsical farce, it still plants a troubling seed: that successfully robbing a bank is possible, survivable and maybe even justifiable.Click here to read the full review
If the setup sounds familiar, you may have seen the original Going In Style from 1979. This new rendition seems to move a little faster and focus more on the humor. It also goes to greater lengths to engender our empathy for these old guys. All are necessary ingredients if the script wants audiences to condone what is otherwise a very serious crime. Both depicted robberies involve gunplay—although our elderly gentlemen, after training on a firing range for days, opt for blanks in their pistols. Yet, for the depicted employees and patrons caught in the crosshairs, it really isn’t a laughing matter. And, like most geriatric comedies, there are several jokes fired involving the effects of aging on sexual abilities and other bodily functions. Albert, perhaps the nimblest of the three, is seen romancing a woman in her bedroom on a couple of occasions. As well, the dialogue is riddled with profanities, and a sexual expletive is used once. Perhaps more unexpected is the inclusion of these gents stumbling into the marijuana business and getting high after smoking pot.Click here to read the full review
Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin are such a dream team that we almost forget how weak this remake of the 1979 George Burns “Going in Style” is. It is always a pleasure to see these old pros, and in this heist story the real theft is every scene they are in from anyone else in the cast.Click here to read the full review