Stand Up Guys – review

This comedy about ageing gangsters – played by some of the big names of the genre – is decent, if sentimental

With a little bit of chutzpah and a fistful of Viagra, the tough guys of yesteryear can still come staggering back to make a decent movie. Fisher Stevens directs this sentimental-yet-sprightly dramedy of bus-pass vintage gangsters who decide to challenge ageism in the world of organised crime. Al Pacino plays Val, a robber who has come up for parole after serving 28 years, a sentence he has endured because he refused – like the hombre he is – to give up any of his associates. Waiting for him on the outside is his buddy Doc (Christopher Walken), who is nursing a secret about what's been going on outside prison, and it's only revealed once the two of them go on a spree with their old pal Hirsch (Alan Arkin). Some nice touches, though it needs to be indulged.


Peter Bradshaw

The GuardianTramp

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