Aside from his TV work, Al Pacino has had a rough few years, from the abominable Son of No One to the bargain bin 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill (and I won’t even bring up a certain Adam Sandler collaboration). So when the actor at least looks like he’s having a good time on set and not there simply for the check, it brings some added interest.
With that, we have the first trailer Stand Up Guys, which sees Pacino with Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin. While it looks like pretty standard fare, at this the trio seem to be enjoying themselves. I could use a few less elderly jokes, but overall it could be a fun time, seeing this renowned actors banter about. Directed by Fisher Stevens, check out trailer below (via Yahoo) for the film which also stars Julianna Margulies and Mark Margolis and is set to premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival.
“Stand Up Guys” stars Academy Award® winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin in a tough but touching action comedy as retired gangsters who reunite for one epic last night. Val (Pacino) is released from prison after serving twenty-eight years for refusing to give up one of his close criminal associates. His best friend Doc (Walken) is there to pick him up, and the two soon reteam with another old pal, Hirsch (Arkin). Their bond is as strong as ever, and the three reflect on freedom lost and gained, loyalties ebbed and flowed, and days of glory gone by. And despite their age, their capacity for mayhem is still very much alive and well – bullets fly as they make a hilariously valiant effort to compensate for the decades of crime, drugs and sex they’ve missed. But one of the friends is keeping a dangerous secret- he’s been put in an impossible quandary by a former mob boss, and his time to find an acceptable alternative is running out. As the sun rises on the guys’ legendary reunion, their position becomes more and more desperate and they finally confront their past once and for all.
Stand Up Guys is set to open on January 11th from Lionsgate.
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