A remake of Going in Style (1979), which was directed by Martin Brest and starred George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg. Three seniors, who are living social security check to check, and even are reduced to eating dog food at times, decide they have had enough. So, they plan to rob a bank. The problem is, they don't even know how to handle a gun. A social commentary on growing old in America and what we are sometimes driven to, due to circumstances.Written by
When the bank robbery takes place, the masks Joe, Albert, and Willie wear are Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr., respectively, known collectively as the "Rat Pack", and stars of the heist movie Ocean's 11 (1960). See more »
The guns are loaded with blanks during the robbery, yet a semi-automatic pistol like the ones used, will only fire once unless modified to fire blanks. A pistol of this type requires back pressure to work the action, and a blank produces none. See more »
These banks practically destroyed this country. They crushed a lot of people's dreams, and nothing ever happened to them. We three old guys, we hit a bank. We get away with it, we retire in dignity. Worst comes to the worst, we get caught, we get a bed, three meals a day, and better health care than we got now.
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Sometimes funny but also disappointing as it was in 1979.
Three old guys plan a heist to help their dwindling finances and expunge the red envelopes from the bank. Filmmakers tried to make the comedy in 1979, which flopped. Zach Braf directs it now to no better results, but not for the actors not trying.
Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin play the codgers with the significant charm of the actors making this mess bearable but no witty script to help beyond that. After too long a setup, the boys start planning, but not until they hit the bank does the comedy take off into comic land, albeit too briefly.
I could try to make Going in Style go in style with a fancy theme about the little guys fighting the impersonal, foreclosure-hungry banks, but that would be giving it too much credit. The few moments of humor are overshadowed by a formulaic story rescued by some interesting post-heist cover-your-tracks plans by the old guys.
The only scary heist is the price of admission to this clunker.
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