Screen icons Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin play a trio of geriatric former gangsters in wistful comedy-drama Stand Up Guys, but although there’s some fun in watching these old-timers shoot the breeze, the script they’ve been given is so flimsy that you may doze off before the end.
Pacino’s Val is an ex-con, newly released after 28 years in prison and now reunited with his old partner-in-crime, Walken’s Doc. The pair get up to various hi-jinks over the course of the ensuing night, including raiding a drugstore for Viagra, visiting the brothel run by Lucy Punch’s madame, and springing their old getaway driver (Arkin) from his nursing home.
The fact that a vengeful local mobster has issued a death sentence on Val is supposed to lend urgency to the night’s events, but the pace is too slack, the gags too tired and the plot too hackneyed for the film to be more than fitfully engaging for all but die-hard Pacino and Walken fans.
Released on DVD and Blu-ray by Entertainment in Video on Monday 28th October.
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