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Just Getting Started (2017)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 8 December 2017 (USA)
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A two-hander action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run (1988), about an ex-F.B.I. Agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program (Morgan Freeman) having to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Duke
... Leo
... Suzie
... Joe
... Marguerite
... Roberta
... Lily
... Larry
... Burt
... Oscar
... Delilah
... Johnny Mathis
... Jimmy
... Ginger (as Kristen Rakes)
... Corporate Santa
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A two-hander action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run (1988), about an ex-F.B.I. Agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program (Morgan Freeman) having to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit.

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Chivalry meet rivalry. See more »

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Action | Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for language, suggestive material and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Villa Capri  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,201,459, 10 December 2017, Wide Release

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$6,069,605, 25 January 2018
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Morgan Freeman and Joe Pantoliano previously starred in pivotal roles in landmark films by Christopher Nolan. Freeman appears in all three films of Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy. Pantoliano appeared as Teddy in Nolan's 2000 breakthrough film Memento. See more »

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When Suzie is tied up in the back of the van, the rope changes position from around her arm, to over her shoulder, back to around her arm. See more »

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Leo: You wanna do something about that I'll beat you best of 5 of anything ever invented.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Bright (2017) See more »

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Don't Forget to Remember Christmas
Written & Performed by Susan Werner
Published by Frank Chance Music (administered by PEN Music Group, Inc.) & Cutting Edge Music (Holdings) Limited (administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing)
Courtesy of Frank Chance Music & Cutting Edge Music (Holdings) Limited
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Freeman and Jones are entertaining to watch, but that's only because they're such good actors.
15 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

'JUST GETTING STARTED': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)



An action-comedy buddy flick from writer/director Ron Shelton, who's previously helmed such popular sports-comedies as 'BULL DURHAM','WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP' & 'TIN CUP' (as well as the action-comedy buddy flick 'HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE'). The film stars Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones as an ex-mob lawyer, and an ex-FBI agent, that have to overcome their personal feud in order to survive a mafia hit at their retirement home. The movie also costars Rene Russo, Joe Pantoliano, George Wallace, Jane Seymour and the late Glenne Headly (in one of her final film performances). It's received mostly negative reviews from critics, and it's also underperformed at the Box Office so far as well. I found it to be very mildly amusing, at times, but it's also mostly just a waste of time.

Duke Diver (Freeman) is the most popular resident at villa Capri, a retirement home which he also helps run. That is until a new guest, named Leo (Jones), shows up. Leo rivals Duke at everything he's known for there, and the two engage in a bitter rivalry (even over women). That is until a mob hitman attempts to kill Diver, and the two must then put aside their dispute in order to survive.

I'll admit Freeman and Jones are both entertaining to watch, but that's only because they're such good actors. The duo is so much better than the material they're given here, and Ron Shelton has delivered much better material than this in the past. Maybe it's because they're all getting so old, but I know that Jones and Freeman can still do much better than this. They just need to learn to skip bad film roles.


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