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Review: Veteran actors elevate ‘Stand Up Guys’

January 29, 2013 • Entertainment


This film image released by Roadside Attractions shows, Christopher Walken as Doc, left, and Al Pacino as Val, in a scene from “Stand Up Guys.” (AP Photo/Roadside Attractions, Saeed Adyani)

Watching “Stand Up Guys” feels akin to seeing an old, favorite rock band getting back together for one last gig after decades apart. They’re not as energetic as they once were, their vocals aren’t as powerful, but an obvious camaraderie still exists as well as a touch of rebellion.

Christopher Walken, Al Pacino and Alan Arkin are all performing their greatest hits in this con-man comedy, albeit within dialed-down versions of their familiar screen personae. These no longer go to 11; Pacino mercifully isn’t in full-on “Hooah!” mode. But there’s enough humor and tenderness in Fisher Stevens’ film to make it a Login to read more

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