Parents' Guide to

Tower Heist

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Brisk, fun heist movie has some language, sex talk.

Movie PG-13 2011 104 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 14+

Funny, But Not For Tweens

Me and my sister went to see it opening day and it was funny, but not for tweens. There are like 100 uses of s--t. But worse, Eddie Murphey, "Slide" uses the N-Word twice.
age 12+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (49 ):

If you're seeking escape, you'll get it from TOWER HEIST. Not an escape from the news, exactly, since the movie's main storyline -- an obscenely wealthy money manager is arrested for defrauding his clients, who include the staff at his tony NYC residential building -- seems ripped from the Bernie Madoff headlines. Nor from the usual cliches of action movies. But the film is certainly entertaining enough to be an escape from daily life. Co-stars Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, and the rest of the gang have perfect chemistry -- essential in a movie that's positing them as a band of brothers of sorts.

Nevertheless, you have to ask: Why does Broderick only get shlubby roles these days? And does anyone care about the plot, which isn't exactly bulletproof? (There are plenty of inconsistencies, and a romance between two main characters is predictable and doesn't really add anything to the proceedings.) Be that as it may, the film is still a delight. Watching the crime itself unfold in what may be one of the most hectic days in the city -- in the middle of the Thanksgiving Day parade -- gives it added oomph. Tower Heist has chutzpah, and the action builds satisfyingly, and that's more than can be said about so many other, momentum-less movies.

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