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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.


Ron Shelton


Ron Shelton
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Duke
Tommy Lee Jones ... Leo
Rene Russo ... Suzie
Joe Pantoliano ... Joe
Glenne Headly ... Marguerite
Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Roberta
Elizabeth Ashley ... Lily
George Wallace ... Larry
Graham Beckel ... Burt
Mel Raido ... Oscar
Jane Seymour ... Delilah
Johnny Mathis ... Johnny Mathis
Nick Peine ... Jimmy
Kristen DeVore Rakes ... Ginger (as Kristen Rakes)
Eli Goodman ... Corporate Santa


Defense lawyer Duke, who once defended the heads of the world's most dangerous criminal teams, now manages the luxury resort Villa Capri in Palm Springs, California. Leo, a former FBI agent, arrives at the resort and repeatedly beats Duke at every competition. As manager of the resort, Duke is initially threatened by the newcomer's activities with the ladies and competitive nature. Their competition even extends to a rivalry over Suzie, the regional director of the resort chain. During the competitions Duke's life is put in danger multiple times and he realizes that the mafia has found him and is attempting to kill him. Duke and Leo must work together to defeat the mafia and save Duke's life during the Christmas season at Villa Capri..

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Three Legends. A Comedy for the Ages. See more »


Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Villa Capri See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$6,069,605, 25 January 2018
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Morgan Freeman and Rene Russo also starred together in "Outbreak" (1995). See more »


When the coyote gets the little dog in its mouth, the stuffed dog takes its place. See more »


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: Just Getting Started (2017) See more »


Winter Wonderland
Written by Richard B. Smith (as Richard Smith) & Felix Bernard
Used by Carlin Music Corp on behalf of Redwood Music Ltd.
Published by WB Music Corp.
Performed by Johnny Mathis
Produced by Fred Mollin
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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 HellmantSee 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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