Ben Stiller (as Josh Kovacs) and Eddie Murphy (as Slide) have a tendency to over act and get loud for no reason. Not here. They are both controlled (well…as controlled as Murphy can be) and terrific!
Stiller is the general manger of a fancy high rise apartment building in New York City (the credits at the end thank the Orange asshole…so the building could be Orange Towers). The staff takes very good care of the inhabitants, and do not accept tips.
One day, the FBI shows up and arrests Arthur Shaw (played by Alan Alda) for fraud (a la Madoff). Unfortunately, Stiller had placed his trust in Shaw and the employees of the Tower lost their retirement, and some lost much more.
Stiller is pissed and recruits a band of misfits to get the money back. Murphy is brought in as the resident expert in stealing.
“Tower Heist” is a much different movie than I expected. It introduces the characters (however briefly) so you get to know them and like them, and is less over the top than I expected. The plot unfolds nicely, and it is paced perfectly. It is alternately exciting, scary, and funny. We learn that Stiller is a very competent general manager who cares about his people. He also turns out to be a very good thief.
Not really for small kids as the language can get rough (I was so interested in the movie I do not recall any f-words, but….I may have missed it) and the action can get intense, but, older kids are ok. Adults should love it! Payback is wonderful. 🙂 It is PG-13.
Eddie Murphy is back….he is awesome, as is Ben Stiller. Matthew Broderick plays a terrific depressed unemployed recently divorced ex-Wall Street mogul.
Drive Safe! Never Forget.