On screen together for the first time: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin star in “Stand Up Guys,” an action comedy about three washed up gangsters on a last fling. All three legends bring the spice to a sub-par story. But, the total is not enough to keep this flick from stinking.
Pacino is the just-released-from-prison Val. The guy who would rather do 28 years of hard time than give up his confederates. Nevertheless, a crime boss wants him dead and he’s put the squeeze on Doc (Walken) to do the deed. In fact, Doc has only a few hours to complete the task or he’ll also be toast.
Val and Doc have a couple of adventures including a randy introduction to an ED drug and some action at a local brothel.
Oh, yes, we’ve been here before. “Stand Up Guys” has nothing original to offer. The pace does pick up a bit when the duo decides to become a trio by rescuing their former getaway driver (Arkin) from a local rest home. When all three actors are together, you can almost forgive the mediocre writing, because it then becomes about three fun actors playing onscreen versions of their past characters. We love Pacino, Walken and Arkin. And, that makes “Stand Up Guys” even harder to take. Grade: C-
Street Date: May 21, 2013
Formats: Blu-ray and DVD
Runtime: 95 minutes
Released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment