IT’S NOT JUST A ROBBERY. IT’S PAYBACK.
When Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) and a group of employees at an exclusive NYC apartment building learn that one of the tenants, a Wall Street tycoon (Alan Alda), has embezzled their pension funds, they plot revenge. Certainly a heist movie for our times as the villain will remind audiences of Bernie Madoff; it’s easy to root for the good guys who go after the stolen money. Could have been a lot sharper and funnier, but this is nevertheless an entertaining ride for a couple of hours. Terrific cast, with particularly good roles for Eddie Murphy as the street-smart robber and Alda as the nicest crook you’ll ever know.
2011-U.S. 104 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Eddie Murphy, Brian Grazer. Directed by Brett Ratner. Cast: Ben Stiller (Josh Kovacs), Eddie Murphy (Slide), Casey Affleck (Charlie), Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Stephen McKinley Henderson… Judd Hirsch, Téa Leoni, Michael Peña, Gabourey Sidibe.
Trivia: Chris Rock was allegedly considered for a lead role.