Studio:New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for drug content, language and some suggestive material)
Starring:Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Ann-Margret , Joey King, Matt Dillon, Christopher Lloyd, John Ortiz, Peter Serafinowicz
Wow! To start things out this movie is what I would consider a must-see! It is hilarious, well thought-out, and well-acted by everyone involved! I found myself laughing throughout the whole film!
The film starts out with a glimpse into Michael Caine’s character and his life. He has received a yellow notice from the bank stating that he is close to losing his home, which he has opened up to his daughter and granddaughter, who are trying to get back on their feet.
He goes to the bank to see about straightening out his situation and to find out why his mortgage has tripled. Here he is patronized by the bank manager who tells him that at last he didn’t receive a red notice, all with a delightfully snarky grin on his face.
During the ensuing conversation the bank is hit by a group of three bank robbers. Bank robbers move in quietly and then unleash hell. They, of course, start shooting up the place a move very rapidly to collect the money from the tellers. Everyone is told to lie on their backs like a cat, which is a hilarious visual, and once they’re done they alert everyone to not to call the police for 90 seconds. Later on this becomes the Catalyst, or Turning point, for Michael Caine’s character. As was shown in the commercials the company that they ( Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin) used to work for has folded into another company and has dissolved everyone’s pension. This becomes the motivational pivot point for these gentlemen to get their own back.
Each character is very distinct, with magnificent nuances as well as their own brand of humor, yet they blend and compliment each other like the elements of a fine meal.
We are shown that, in the beginning Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin are apprehensive about the plan, despite then being very frustrated comma in fact the angry over losing their pension. With quick measure they throw themselves into getting a plan together and seeking assistance in completing their objective. Each one of them have things that are driving them beyond their needed to keep their homes and things like that. Michael Caine’s character has his daughter and granddaughter to think of, Morgan Freeman wants to see his family more often, and Alan Arkin reluctantly, and comedicly, sparks up a relationship with Ann Margaret’s character.
The film intertwines wonderfully and through a series of mishaps comes together with hilarity.
There are some very touching and poignant moments within this film involving big business and big banks ripping off the common man as well as some commentary about the importance of friends and family.
I would highly recommend this film for everyone!