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Tower Heist 2011

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Brett Ratner directs this New York City-set crime caper starring Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick and Eddie Murphy. The staff at a luxury Central Park apartment complex discover that Wall Street billionaire Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda), who lives in the building's penthouse apartment, has embezzled their hard-earned retirement money after being entrusted to oversee their pension scheme. Determined to get their money back, they decide to dispense with the law and take matters into their own hands. Armed with their precise knowledge of the building, they plan a heist to steal back the funds they believe to be hidden in Shaw's super-swanky residence.

Starring:
Tea Leoni, Téa Leoni
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Tea Leoni, Téa Leoni, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Gabourey Sidibe, Ben Stiller
Director Brett Ratner
Genres Comedy
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 19 March 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Tea Leoni, Téa Leoni, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Gabourey Sidibe, Ben Stiller
Director Brett Ratner
Genres Comedy
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 19 March 2012
Main languages English

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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
The movie opens with a fast paced electronic sound track. We see Alan Alda, Ben Stiller, and a street smart Eddie Murphy in the first few minutes. Early on we know the film is fast paced and clever. Just seeing Murphy revive his street smarts type person is worth the price of admission. Ben Stiller is Josh Kovacs. He runs a very high priced apartment tower with a large staff. He is dynamic and pays attention to details. Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is a financier and is one of the millionaire tenets who sits on the board of directors for the apartment building and runs their pension fund. Matthew Broderick plays Mr. Fitzhugh, who is currently broke and squatting in his over priced apartment..."If you want me, I'll be living in this box."

When Shaw gets arrested for fraud, Stiller has to break the news to his workers that their pension fund has been robbed. Shaw is placed on house arrest in said apartment building. Téa Leoni plays the tough FBI agent in charge of the Shaw case..."The last time I drank this much at a bar, I made out with a fireman."

After a vigilante moment, Stiller and two of his cohorts get fired. Thinking they won't be able to recover their money they devise a scheme to break into Shaw's apartment and rob him, but this group of misfits need a second story man...enter Eddie Murphy in his classic form. Now the real comedy starts. The safe is too complex for Murphy so they add Gabourey Sidibe to the gang. Of course things don't go as planned.

Clever, witty, fast paced. Good cast of characters with good chemistry. Everything a fun movie should be.

1 f-bomb, n-word, sex talk.
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Format: DVD
Tower Heist is Ben Stiller's latest comedy where he plays the building manager of a New York high rise tower block. He regrettably invests him and his staff's pension money with a smooth-talking crook who lives in the top floor penthouse. Naturally, the crook wastes their money and they're left without a cent.

Therefore, Ben and a few other disgruntled employees, enlist the help of small time crook Eddie Murphy to break into the penthouse and steal back their money.

It's a decent enough premise and, again, all the cast to a decent enough job. There you have it - it's a decent film. Not quite funny enough to be a comedy through and through. Not quite dramatic enough to be a straight drama. It even throws in a bit of a high speed car chase into the mix to add an element of `action' into the genre.

It's a bit of a mixed bag. If you go into it without any expectations, you should find it an okay watch.

Not great, but not bad either. Fans of Stiller and Murphy should find extra things to enjoy about it.
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Format: DVD
Tower Heist has a fun and original story and a very likeable cast. The cast includes Alan Alda as a rich business man who is arrested for dodgy financial deals. This eventually leads Ben Stiller to form a group that includes Eddie Murphy and Mathew Broderick to attempt to get into Alda's penthouse to try and get millions from a hidden safe. The film is mostly played quite straight but with some very funny lines and scenes, it is a comedy. Eddie Murphy has a great character that reminded me of how good he was in 48hrs and Trading Places, and it's great to see Alan Alda in a big Hollywood film, rather than just having a part in a Woody Allen film for instance. I think the film was fun viewing and could definitely be rewatched. Sadly it's not quite perfect and perhaps could have done with some slightly tighter editing, to keep the pace up.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
The slick but lazy Tower Heist has a half-decent premise that's made to measure for these troubled times as the apartment building employees who have had their pensions and savings stolen by Alan Alda's Bernie Madoff-style Wall Street fraudster decide to steal their money back from his penthouse suite. Unfortunately the writers may have put in the foundations but didn't get round to furnishing the jokes or thrills a comedy heist movie needs, leaving the cast with surprisingly little to do as the film continually sets up would-be comic situations only to cut away to the next order of business before they have a chance to pay off. Even more unfortunately there's either no room or no incentive for them to improvise either, with Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick and Casey Affleck seemingly sticking to the unfunny script with dogged but unremarkable professionalism while director Brett Ratner, this millennium's Michael Winner, lazily treads water and brings nothing to the party like a man who wants to finish early every day and spend all the money he's making for this old rope. Things pick up slightly during the heist itself as they find themselves trying to smuggle their unexpectedly bulky loot out of the building but it's never more than watchable but completely forgettable even while you're watching it.

Not much in the way of extras on the DVD - a few brief deleted scenes including an unconvincing alternate ending, gag reel and a self-congratulatory audio commentary - though the Blu-ray, as usual, offers more but after the film it's doubtful you'd want to spend any more time with it anyway.
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