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With: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Joey King, Matt Dillon, Ann-Margret, Christopher Lloyd, Kenan Thompson, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, John Ortiz, Peter Serafinowicz
Written by: Theodore Melfi, based on a story by Edward Cannon
Directed by: Zach Braff
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug content, language and some suggestive material
Running Time: 96
Date: 04/07/2017
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Going in Style (2017)

3 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Zach Braff directs this remake of a 1978 movie that starred George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg; that movie featured two Oscar-winners and one nominee, but this one has three Oscar-winners. Take that! The updated version also grapples briefly with social issues such as the ill-treatment of seniors in America, the immoral behavior of financial institutions, and being an organ donor. Michael Caine stars as Joe Harding, whose mortgage has been drastically raised at the same time as his pension has been cut. While at the bank, a trio of robbers stages a dazzling robbery and escapes unscathed. Hanging out with his two pals, Willie (Morgan Freeman) and Albert (Alan Arkin) and complaining about their lack of money, they decide to rob a bank themselves. They enlist veteran criminal Jesus (John Ortiz) to help.

Braff keeps the movie bright and spunky and it never outstays its welcome, neither does it get too heavy with its messages. It helps that the actors are such pros; it's a sheer pleasure to watch them, especially Arkin doing his hilarious grumpy-old-man routine. Ann-Margret plays a sexy older love interest for Arkin, Matt Dillon is an FBI man, Christopher Lloyd is a confused older gent, and Joey King plays Caine's loving granddaughter. The screenplay is by Theodore Melfi, who wrote and directed the similarly positive-thinking St. Vincent and Hidden Figures.

Warner Home Video's Blu-ray release provides a clean, serviceable transfer of a not-particularly visual film. Director Braff provides a grateful commentary track, and there are deleted scenes.

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