Parents' Guide to

Going in Style

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Comedy remake has lovable leads, some language, drugs.

Movie PG-13 2017 96 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 18+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
age 13+

Funny but with wrong messages

The movie is quite funny but with xenofobic messages . There is an unfortunate reference that relates a drug dealer as colombian. This is sad.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (9):

Freeman, Caine, and Arkin's average age might be 82, but they prove that they still have lots to teach younger actors about comedic timing, charm, and on-screen camaraderie in this feel-good remake. Going in Style is a mix of the friendship chemistry in Ocean's Eleven and the morality behind the crime lesson in Hell or High Water (without the excessive violence). Sure, there's a cop -- in this case, an FBI agent played by Matt Dillon -- but this isn't as much a cat-and-mouse crime thriller as it is a humorous look at how three wronged older men decide to take revenge on the company that ruined their retirement.

The three main characters just want to visit their children, have bad coffee and pie at a diner, and finish paying off their mortgages. Arkin is a curmudgeonly delight as a bachelor finding love when he least expected it. Freeman is a sweet grandfather in renal failure who knows his days are limited. And Joe wants to ensure that his daughter and granddaughter can continue living in his house as long they need to. We won't spoil what happens during or after the caper, but we will say that Braff manages to keep the spirit of the original film while making the story even more relevant and giving it the ending it deserves.

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