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Stand Up Guys (2012)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller  |  1 February 2013 (USA)
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A pair of aging stickup men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment - to kill his comrade.

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After 28 years, Val gets out of prison, and his friend Doc picks him up. The local mob boss, Claphands, wants Val dead (Claphands' son died in a robbery and he blames Val) and Doc has until morning to kill him. It's a long night: Val wants to party - they visit a cat house, Val needs Viagra, they break into a pharmacy. After midnight, they pick up Hirsch, their old wheelman, drive the city in a stolen car. They visit the cat house, help a woman in distress, bury a body, and eat at Doc's hangout, a café where the waitress, Alex, is cheerful. The sun rises, Claphands wants Val dead, and Val, who has figured out his fate, is resigned. Is there anything left to take care of? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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They don't make 'em like they used to.

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for language, sexual content, violence and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,486,390 (USA) (1 February 2013)

Gross:

$3,301,046 (USA) (1 March 2013)
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Val, (Pacino) at one point describes Claphands (Margolis) as "meanest, most vindictive mother****** outside the Devil himself". A character Pacino played in Devil's Advocate. See more »

Goofs

When Hirsch comes back with Oxana she says "Ty choudovy" to him. It means "You are marvelous" in Ukrainian, but Wendy introduced Oxana as a girl from Minsk (Belarussia). She supposed to speak Belarussian or Russian language. The subtitles mistakenly state she tells this sentence in Russian. See more »

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Val: [In the confessional] Forgive me Father for I have sinned.
Priest: How long since your last confession?
Val: 60 years give or take a few.
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References Scent of a Woman (1992) See more »

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Papa Was Stoned
Written by Steve Raskin, Rob Myers, Jon Horvath, & Sid Barcelona
Performed by Fort Knox Five
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Very solid
10 March 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I read some of the reviews here, and I think that some who have reviewed this extremely negatively (as in 1/10) are those who appreciate a movie with lots of explosions, and maybe some guys with their tops off, flexing their muscles to accentuate just how tough they are.

Luckily, there isn't much of that in Stand Up Guys. It's character-driven, centered on the relationship between Val (PAcino) and Doc (Walken), both of whom are spectacular.

There's some great dialogue between the two, and despite what you may read on here, the story is quite solid, if simplistic. I don't think people have fully grasped these characters in some reviews, or the meaning of the title "Stand Up Guys". They're throwbacks, and the situations they encounter represent the direction the world has headed over the years, a world that Doc is forced to be a part of, despite wanting a quieter life.

I won't go on any further, but I found the characters endearing, and the relationship between Val and Doc kept me on the hook.

Nice soundtrack, too.

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