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Rated R · 95 minutes · 2013

Comedy drama
A bunch of great actors get together and do their best with middling material. Al Pacino plays a criminal released from a long prison haul and Christopher Walken plays the guy who is supposed to pick him up at the prison gate and take his life soon thereafter. I have a hard time with this premise right off the bat because the two are best friends and if you are a crime boss with any brains and want somebody smoked, you don’t hire the dude’s best friend to do the gig. Don’t you think there’s a chance the dude won’t follow through? Anyway, Pacino and Walken hang out for a night that includes stealing cars, snorting prescription drugs and hanging out with another old guy (Alan Arkin). The trio makes most of this watchable, but with this cast, you want something more than just watchable. Pacino works hard to get some credibility back after a string of loser movies, and he redeems himself just fine. Walken is good here, playing a man with more depth than his usual parts. Arkin is just doing his shtick. Nothing all that surprising happens.
Director: Fisher Stevens
Producer: Sidney Kimmel, Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Jim Tauber, Eric Reid, Ted Gidlow, Bruce Toll, Bingham Ray and Matt Berenson
Cast: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies, Mark Margolis, Lucy Punch, Addison Timlin, Vanessa Ferlito, Katheryn Winnick, Bill Burr, Craig Sheffer, Yorgo Constantine, Weronika Rosati and Courtney Galiano

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Colorado Springs Independent Frumpy old men: Stand Up Guys Alan Arkin, Al Pacino and Christopher Walken never have been in a movie together. Even now. by Jonathan Kiefer 01/30/2013
The Coast Halifax Stand Up Guys Pacino, Walken and Arkin are a melancholy bunch by Jacob Boon 01/31/2013
East Bay Express Stand Up Guys Viagra falls. by Kelly Vance 01/30/2013
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Arkansas Times An oldie and (near) goodie "Stand Up Guys" feels authentic. by Sam Eifling 02/06/2013

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