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Going in Style (2017)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 7 April 2017 (USA)
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Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Director:

Zach Braff

Writers:

Theodore Melfi (screenplay by), Edward Cannon (based on the story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Joe Harding
Alan Arkin ... Albert Garner
Ann-Margret ... Annie Santori
Matt Dillon ... FBI Agent Arlen Hamer
Joey King ... Brooklyn Harding
Christopher Lloyd ... Milton Kupchak
Maria Dizzia ... Rachel Harding
Morgan Freeman ... Willie Davis
John Ortiz ... Jesus / Bank Robber #1
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Mitzi
Peter Serafinowicz ... Murphy
Kenan Thompson ... Manager Keith Schonfeld
Josh Pais ... Chuck Lofton
Richie Moriarty ... Kyle Kitson
Seth Barrish ... Dr. Helton
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Storyline

A reboot of the 1979 movie that was directed by Martin Brest and featured George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg. Three seniors, who are living social security check to check and even reduced to eating dog food at times, decide they have had enough. So, they plan to rob a bank...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 William Adkins

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You're never too old to get even.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content, language and some suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un golpe con estilo See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,932,330, 7 April 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$45,003,463, 7 July 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,488,503, 26 April 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie everyone is watching the night before the heist is Dog Day Afternoon (1975), which was about a botched bank robbery. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Joe: Jump in the basket.
Willie Davis: Who do you think i am? E.T?
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Connections

References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Higher Ground
Written and Performed by Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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'Going in Style': Review
5 April 2017 | by brennocarilloSee all my reviews

Joyful, hilarious, touching, exciting. "Going in Style" fits in all these categories, proving how age does not – and should not – deprive actors of comedic spirit. Michael Cane ('Joe'), Morgan Freeman ('Willie'), and Alan Arkin ('Al') give such good performances to the point that moments of lack of subtlety – from both the script and the direction – are minimized instead of forgiven. It is a hell of a good time from beginning to end.

Down on their luck, the three old friends struggle to simply get through the day is becoming more unbearable each day. 'Joe' is under the pressure of bank eviction notices, 'Willie' has to overcome the distance from the family, and 'Al', well, could not care less as long as he is not alone. Alan Arkin, by the way, steals every scene – "Little Miss Sunshine" vibes.

Their situation reaches its breaking point when their pensions are frozen. The three leads decide to rob their mutual bank and this part of the plot is what defines this movie for what it is. On the one hand, it plays up, to the maximum level, all the possible jokes and funny moments applicable to the circumstance – and the payoff includes a supermarket scene that I will not forget so soon. Another way it works is with the sneaky and twisty nature of the bank robbery operation – orchestrated with the help of 'Jesus' (John Ortiz). These do not just make sense, but they are truly clever.

The part where it comes across as not as bright is in its efforts of justifying the leads actions. Of course, situations like this can and do very well happen, and are genuine injustices. Michael Cane sells that emotion with a few dramatic scenes involving his granddaughter in the film 'Brooklyn', played by Joey King. It is, however, in dealing with the circumstances of the robbery and the nature of such a situation that it falls short. Again, this is does not get in the way of it being a good and fully enjoyable film; it only keeps it from having that extra level of much appreciated sophistication.

Ultimately, "Going in Style" does what it came to theaters to do: get constant, big, and loud laughs from the audience. It provides spectators with incredible 90 or so minutes of good fun at the movies. Despite hilarious supporting performances by Christopher Lloyd as 'Milton' and Ann-Margaret as 'Annie', the three Oscar winners leads carry this film with such class and wit that it makes it really hard not to enjoy the trip to the theater.

7.5/10


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