In this image released by Universal Pictures, from left, Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick and Gabourey Sidibe are shown in a scene from "Tower Heist." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, David Lee)
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2 and a half stars
The movie provides good entertainment with interesting twists on a simple story. Good guy becomes bad guy. People who trusted the good guy are bamboozled out of their pension money when he turned bad and they try to get even with impossible odds.
This story may have been told many times but somehow the screwball twists make it fresh. Is it fresh enough to go to the movies? I'd say wait for it to show on cable or rent the DVD. Why? It is a slapstick movie with double-slapping when you realize you work without a pension. Who has a pension these days?
So the movie is laughing at all of us being fleeced out of a decent retirement. These days with the Occupy Wall Street movement all around the country we are overly sensitive about losing our investments via a Maddoff-like scammer brilliantly played by Alan Alda. It is double painful to follow the misfits on this movie from Ben Stiller, Mathew Broderick, Casey Affleck and Eddie Murphy, then you realize that it is all a mind game to bring a smile to your face by integrating the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade with a faux robbery.-- Alfred E. Richner, Duluth3 Stars
This is a fun, entertaining movie with a talented cast that will keep your attention throughout the entire film.
Ben Stiller is great as Josh Kovacs, the Tower's (think Trump Tower) general manager who is dedicated to taking care of all his high class tenants. When he and his crew find out Arthur Shaw (played well by Alan Alda) that all their pensions lost to his fraudulent ways, they seek to take revenge. Hiring out the always funny Eddie Murphy, known as Slide, a professional thief, the plot begins and thickens.
I also enjoyed the performance of Tea Leoni as one of the FBI special agents. I am not sure how I felt about the ending, but overall it was a good comedy with plenty of action and twists and turns.-- Cindy Evans, Duluth2 and a half stars
Although I have a mild case of acrophobia, it didn't occur to me that the "Tower Heist" involved dizzying views or high-wire acrobatics. Much to the chagrin of my movie buddy, my palms sweated and my heart raced during the crazy height views. Thankfully, dangling out windows and elevator shafts weren't throughout the entire movie.
"Tower Heist" is a stick-it-to-the-man for robbing our pension fund movie, starring Ben Stiller (Josh Kovacks, tower manager who hob-knobs with the rich but isn't one of them), Alan Alda (Arthur Shaw, Wall Street billionaire embezzler), Eddie Murphy (Slide, professional thief), Casey Affleck (Charlie, Kovack's brother in law), Matthew Broderick (bewildered Fitzhugh), Tea Leoni (FBI Agent), Gabourey Sidibe (Jamaican maid), Michael Pena (elevator operator) and Judd Hirsch. The unlikely accomplices successfully break in Alda's penthouse, only to discover an empty vault. The real foray begins when they learn where the riches are hidden, and crazy antics ensue as they work on getting the vast treasure out of the building.
Not sure I liked Stiller in a relatively serious role. I enjoy him as the familiar gag man. This wasn't a "stellar" performance by Stiller, but a fun romp nonetheless.-- Myra Simons, Buford