Stand Up Guys

D: Fisher Stevens
Lionsgate/Lakeshore (Sidney Kimmel, Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi & Jim Tauber)
US 2012
95 mins


W: Noah Haidle
DP: Michael Grady
Ed: Mark Livolsi
Mus: Lyle Workman

Al Pacino (Val), Christopher Walken (Doc), Alan Arkin (Richard Hirsch), Mark Margolis (Claphands), Julianna Margolis (Nina Hirsch)

Ageing thief Val (Al Pacino) is released from prison after 28 years and a mob boss wants his best friend, Doc (Christopher Walken) to whack him. Doc reluctantly agrees, but only in the morning, after the duo roll back the years for a night of partying, sex, drugs and alcohol.
This crime spin on The Bucket List (qv) sees Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in fine form, and the relationship between the two characters is brilliantly written. Unfortunately, not enough focus goes into the rest of the characters, who come off as unbelievable or underused.
An enjoyable 95 mins, but not really one for repeat viewings.

The cast of Stand Up Guys
The cast of Stand Up Guys