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
According to director Fisher Stevens, it's set in a fictional city, all filmed on location except for Doc's apartment. See more »
Wendy tells Val and Doc that her mother couldn't take the cold and relocated to Florida as if the brothel that Wendy, Doc and Val were in was located in a cold climate. However, we later see from long shots of the skyline that the location is Los Angeles. See more »
[These lines are read like a well-polished mantra familiar to all of them]
What time is it?
I don't know. What time is it?
It's time to kick ass or chew gum, and guess what?
I'm all out of gum!
[They ritually stomp their feet]
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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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