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Tower Heist - 4 out of 5
"Rehearsing is for fags." That's what director of Tower Heist; Brett Ratner, said in a Q&A session after a screening of this film. I'm saying it only to create context as I am trying to figure out exactly why Ratner has a career. Sure the first two Rush Hour films are okay and Red Dragon wasn't bad but we need to remember that this bloated douche claimed he slept with the wayyyyy out of his league Olivia Munn, nearly destroyed the X-men franchise with X3 and just comes off as a totally unlikeable D-bag who says crap like "rehearsing is for fags." Yet, somehow despite being a total worthless human being, he was at the helm of this crime comedy.
|"Focker? I just now got it."|
Tower Heist is about a...well, a tower, that some of the richest people call home in New York. Ben Stiller plays the building manager who discovers that one of the tenants--Alan Alda from M*A*S*H--pulled a successful Ponzi scheme on all the employees and has taken all their retirement money. Alda's character is put under house-arrest by the F.B.I. and after Stiller's character makes a scene, loses his job--along with several other employees--and uses his new free time to team with a man from his past to formulate a plan to get the money back. It's Ocean's Eleven meets...um...a tower.
|"Suicide is painless, you say?"|
|Did he just watch his brother as Daredevil?|
|When exactly is your day off going to end, Ferris?|
|Are we going to see a return of the Murphy we|
use to know?
|I realize The Heartbreak Kid was awful but does Stiller really deserve to be arrested|
for being in it?
Despite being made by Hollywood's biggest windbag of a director, Tower Heist is a genuinely entertaining and funny film. It's not as slick or star-studded like an Ocean's film and the heist is no where NEAR as complicated as other caper films but the emphasis was on the humor, not on the actually crime being committed so it's forgivable that the crime isn't that complex. In the end, Heist is just a fun movie that was well made, funny and had a terrific cast delivering extremely well.