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'Stand Up Guys' with Pacino, Walken, Arkin: Review, Trailer, Awards Run (VIDEO)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 24, 2012 at 4:14PM

Grabbing the boomer audience is like shooting fish in a barrel. They're starved for movies about them. So actor-director Fisher Stevens assembled three veterans at the top of their game--Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin--and let them run with the ball.
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Stand Up Guys

Grabbing the boomer audience is like shooting fish in a barrel. They're starved for movies about them. So actor-director Fisher Stevens assembled three veterans at the top of their game--Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin--and let them run with the ball.

The set-up is simple. The leader of a gang of thieves (Pacino) gets picked up by old cohort Walken when he's released from prison after 28 years. They relive old times--partying with whores, ripping off a pharmacy for drugs to improve their senior bodily functions--and stealing a sporty Mercedes for their emphysemic getaway driver (Arkin) to drive. Julianna Margulies is fine as Arkin's ER nurse daughter, who sees these guys more than once in the course of one fateful night. 

This low-budget scruffy comedy is entertaining but rough around the edges; these actors are clearly having a blast--of the three, Walken is the most moving as a hardboiled guy with a lost daughter. He's having a good season: he's also a standout in "Seven Psychopaths."
 
Lionsgate/Roadside is giving the movie , which opened the Chicago Film Festival and will continue to play the fest circuit through year's end--a one-week awards-qualifying run in New York (Film Society at Lincoln Center) and Los Angeles (Arclight Hollywood and The Landmark) starting December 14, 2012. The comedy will go out wider on February 1, 2013. 

Its best awards shot: the Golden Globe comedy category, as well as Best Song for both Golden Globe and Academy Award for Jon Bon Jovi's original song "Not Running Anymore."    

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.