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Stand Up Guys

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Amusing but vulgar, violent "old school" crime comedy.

Movie R 2013 95 minutes
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Stand Up Guys seems like a throwback to the 1990s, walking in the footsteps of both Pulp Fiction and Grumpy Old Men. But happily, director Fisher Stevens is a character actor himself -- in addition to being an Oscar-winning producer (The Cove) -- and he lovingly coaxes relaxed, organic performances from the three great veteran performers. They have an easy chemistry together, and they actually seem to have years of history together. Their unspoken language and shorthand is perhaps even more effective than the scripted dialogue.

The movie also develops a low-key tone, which downplays the very obvious gags, such as the overdose of Viagra, and all the "old guy vs. young guy" barbs. Many viewers will probably feel that the material is overall too slight to warrant much enthusiasm -- for example, it's nowhere near as sharp as Seven Psychopaths -- but for many others it will be an amiable time-waster, capable of producing many smiles.

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