After stretching the truth on a deal with a spiritual guru, literary agent Jack McCall finds a Bodhi tree on his property. Its appearance holds a valuable lesson on the consequences of every word we speak.
Josh Kovacs is the manager of a residential apartment in New York. He is close to all the tenants, especially Arthur Shaw, a financier. One day Shaw is arrested by the FBI for fraud. Josh thinks it's a misunderstanding that can be resolved. But later he learns that the employees' pension fund which he asked Shaw to handle is gone. When one of the employees tries to kill himself, Josh's views of Shaw change. He goes to see him and loses his temper. He loses his job. The FBI agent in charge of Shaw tells him that Shaw might walk and recovering the pension fund is unlikely. She tells him that it's been rumored that Shaw has $20 million lying around if he needs it in a hurry. Josh thinks he knows where it is. So with two other employees who also lost their jobs and an evicted tenant, they set out to get into Shaw's penthouse to get the money. But they realize they need the assistance of someone who knows how to steal. So Josh asks a guy he knows is a thief named Slide to help them. Written by
This is the second movie Eddie Murphy filmed in Elmhurst (at the Queens Center mall). The first was Coming to America at the McDowells (Wendy's on Queens blvd). See more »
When Josh and Slide are riding in the Nova, Josh tells Slide that the Chevy Nova didn't sell in Spanish speaking countries because "Nova" means "doesn't go". Although many know this "story" it is in fact an urban myth. See more »
" If you must steal something, do it in broad daylight "
Brett Rather directs this hilarious story of Josh Kovaks (Ben Stiller) an uptown high rise apartment, manager who's principal tenant is Arthur Shaw, an unscrupulous multi-millionaire (Alan Alda). Greedy, callous and artificially sympathetic the rich guy attempts to flee the country, but is thwarted by the U.S. government which arrests him for securities fraud and tax-evasion. Although the F.B.I. is holding him, they are unable to recover his hidden fortune, which is closer than anyone imagines. When Kovac's discovers his hotel employees are also victims of Shaw's schemes, he assembles an amateur group of would-be thieves with the task of stealing from the rich and giving back to the poor, not realizing the difficulty of designing an elaborate robbery. With top actors like Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck and Matthew Broderick the film becomes a comedic romp through uptown New York during the annual Macy's Day Parade. A good film, but one wonders if this movie isn't just another version of 'Ocean's Eleven.' All in all, it's still a fun time at the theater. ****
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