On CLIPS In November, 2011
Victims who lost their money to a wealthy businessman plot to rob his high-rise residence in this comedy starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy.
TRIVIA: Eddie Murphy first played a wise-cracking criminal on the big screen in what 1982 action comedy?
(4 CAMS) RATED PG-13
When the staff of a ritzy Manhattan high-rise loses their retirement fund to wealthy penthouse resident and scheming Wall Street businessman Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda), building manager Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) takes matters into his own hands. With the help of building concierge/brother-in-law Charlie (Casey Affleck), newly-hired bellhop Enrique (Michael Peña), maid Odessa (Gabourey Sidibe) and bankrupt resident Mr. Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick), Kovacs plans on robbing Shaw's apartment. This novice band of first-time thieves enlists the aid of petty crook Slide (Eddie Murphy). But Shaw is under house arrest and FBI Special Agent Claire Denham (Téa Leoni) may upset their well-intentioned caper. "Tower Heist" is a wildly entertaining and mildly hilarious crime comedy. The laughs don't come at breakneck speed, but are scattered throughout the witty dialog and crazy situations. "Rush Hour" director Brett Ratner is at the helm, putting the perfect cast through their paces. Stiller has never been better and Murphy is back in his best wise-cracking form. Watching his character react to Odessa's sexual advances is alone worth the price of admission. Judd Hirsch has a few brief, but welcome, scenes as staff boss Mr. Simon. There are serious moments that mirror our economy of lost funds - most revolving around doorman Lester (Stephen McKinley Henderson). But humor is the priority and this film easily reaches its goal. There's also a satisfying ending that doesn't cop out. With any luck, the rewarding "Tower Heist" will steal more than its share of the box office.