'Stand Up Guys'
A writer must eat, which is why most playwrights eventually try their hands at screenwriting. "Stand Up Guys," starring
We know these mugs well enough to call them by their first names. After a 28-year prison sentence, small-time hoodlum Val, played by Al, and Al's nutty hair, is greeted at the gates by old friend Doc, played by Christopher and his nutty hair. Doc's been hired, under threat of execution, to kill his pal Val at the behest of a venal mobster.
But first, some would-be fun. Val takes a fistful of Viagra, which lands him in the ER. The lads pay a visit to their former getaway driver, Hirsch, played by Alan. Misadventures, sex with sweet Russian hookers, nostalgic sentiment for the trio's glory days, and retribution upon the hides and groins of a gang of rapists fill out the dance card.
As written by Haidle, and directed in an eerie, static no-man's-land atmosphere of urban desolation by Fisher Stevens, "Stand Up Guys" settles for criminally little. Arkin in particular can barely hide his lack of enthusiasm for the material. Some of the looks he shoots his co-stars appear to contain a secret code of some kind, deciphered as: "Well, at least I'm in 'Argo.'"
The gents are meant to be gallants as well as courtly, movie-type thugs with a sense of honor.
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"Stand Up Guys" Movie Trailer
MPAA rating: R (for language, sexual content, violence and brief drug use).
Running time: 1:40.
Credits: Directed by Fisher Stevens; written by
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