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Tower Heist (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  4 November 2011 (USA)
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When a group of hard working guys find out they've fallen victim to a wealthy business man's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.

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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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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apartment | manager | fraud | fbi | heist | See All (104) »

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Ordinary guys. An extraordinary robbery. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trump Heist  »

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Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,025,190 (USA) (4 November 2011)

Gross:

$78,009,155 (USA) (27 January 2012)
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Noah Baumbach did re-writes specifically for the character Josh Kovacs, to suit Ben Stiller. See more »

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When Josh is trying to get Slide to remember their daycare days in 1971, he tells him that they watched "Inch High, Private Eye" together, but that series wasn't broadcast until 1973. See more »

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[from trailer]
Cole Howard: We're not criminals. We don't know how to steal...
Josh Kovacs: Don't worry. I know someone who does.
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During the end credits lists Judge Ramos as played by "Robert Downey Sr. (a prince)" See more »

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An American Christmas
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Performed by University of Washington Husky Marching Band
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Fun but a little flat
5 December 2011 | by (northern Indiana) – See all my reviews

Not as dull as its title suggests, but still somewhat flat caper flick. It has a consistent string of laughs, but never quite hits the heights. Brockerick's down-and-out businessman is a good start but lands few jokes, and the plotting seems to meander. Stiller is a highlight, and Affleck and Murphy are good solid, but Aldo is a standout.

With that much star power, you'd think the comedy would make itself, but the actors feel confined. Weirdly, I think the movie could have been better if it had foregone the heist and explored the Stiller character and his buttoned-down-but-flexible managerial style. More tower. Less heist.


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