Excerpt: Valentine (Pacino) is an old con who just got out of prison after serving a 28-year sentence. His best friend and fellow ex-gangster, Doc (Walken) is there to meet him. The reunion is pleasant but slightly awkward. We soon find out that Doc is getting unrelenting pressure from a vindictive mob boss to put a bullet in Val’s brain in the next 24 hours or the consequences will be severe.
Conclusion: 'Stand Up Guys' can be rather contrived and uninspired, but its legendary stars help to elevate the material. The comedy is frequently lazy, but there is some genuine heart within the story's bittersweet themes. On the technical front, this disc has a very impressive video transfer and a strong audio mix. Though not packed with supplements, the included commentary and featurettes offer a solid amount of production trivia.
Conclusion: Stand Up Guys starts out promisingly enough, and had it hewed more closely to what it seems to be about in those opening moments—a character study of two aging criminals—the film could have been much more enjoyable, even if it never quite made it to blockbuster status. But once that Farrelly sensibility creeps in (not that there's anything wrong with that sensibility per se —it's just that it doesn't fit in this film), things careen more and more off the rails until...
Conclusion: Stand Up Guys might qualify as a pleasant surprise if it starred some unknown elderly actors, but with the likes of Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in the foreground, it often disappoints. Even without high expectations, the movie's erratic stumble through genres does not add up to the feel-good experience it's clearly meant to. It's still worth a look, especially for fans of the cast. Just keep your hopes in check.
Excerpt: Late in Stand Up Guys , the recently paroled Al Pacino and his best friend and partner-in-crime Christopher Walken head up to a drug-and-gun-filled apartment to avenge the brutal gang rape of a woman (Vanessa Ferlito) they found bound, gagged, and naked in the trunk of a car they recently stole. Decency would dictate that this sequence be handled with gravity, restraint, and sensitivity.
Summary: Veering between buddy movie and action-thriller, "Stand Up Guys" is a mildly raunchy, modestly entertaining geriatric comedy starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin as retired gangsters who reunite for one last night on the town.