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Tower Heist

A Comedy film directed by Brett Ratner

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'Tower Heist' 'Two Jews On Film' Almost Can't Find The Funny In This Comedy Caper (Video)

  • Nov 4, 2011

By Joan Alperin Schwartz

All I can say is...thank the Movie Gods for Eddie Murphy because he single handedly put the funny in this  so-called comedy entitled, 'Tower Heist', directed by Brett Ratner.
So here's the story in a nut shell...

There's this super sleezy, super rich, Wall Street dude named, Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) - No, this film isn't a fantasy.  Sleezy Wall Street dudes really do exist.

Arthur occupies the Penthouse apartment of New York City's tallest high rise called 'The Tower'.  Arthur is charming, friendly to the staff, loves to play chess with the help and would steal the last penny from his dying mother's hand if given the chance.   

Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) is the over efficient  GM of The Tower.  He runs the place like a well oiled machine, making sure the staff caters to the wealthy tenants every whim.  Josh and the workers at 'The Tower' are one big happy family....Until...
Arthur gets arrested for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme and swindling millions of people out of their life savings, including the entire staff of 'The Tower'.

Seems Josh made the mistake of entrusting Arthur with their Pension Fund and now they're all broke.
There's only one thing left for Josh to do...TAKE REVENGE.

Here's where Eddie Murphy comes in and here's where the movie starts to get funny...Unfortunately, the film gets unfunny whenever Murphy is off screen.

Eddie plays Slide, a wise cracking career criminal.  Josh enlists Slide, as well as..
his brother-in-law, Charlie (Casey Affleck), the Conceirge at The Tower,  Odessa (Gabourey Sidibe) a Jamacian maid who just happens to be an expert safe cracker, a mild mannered businessman, Mr. Sims (Matthew Broderick) who's just lost his money, his job and his family, along with a few other Tower employees, to rob Shaw's Penthouse where he has supposedly hidden $20 million dollars in cash.
Not a bad premise...

But a premise doesn't make a film. 'Tower Heist' is not as funny as it could be nor is it as clever as youwant it to be.  It's for that reason, the 'Two Jews On Film didn't give it a very high bagel score.

Check out our video to see what John thought about it.  Hint: He gave it one less bagel than I did.

'Tower Heist' opens in theaters Friday, November 4, 2011.  Wait for the DVD. 
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November 23, 2011
Eddie Murphy was good in this, excellent review guys.
November 08, 2011
I didn't find the funny in it either. Its too bad. It had great potential. Enjoyed your review.
November 08, 2011
thanks so much.
November 04, 2011
Erm .. well, it does star "Ben Stiller" so it can't be all that "funny" now, can it?
November 04, 2011
so true
November 04, 2011
Seems like this will be a slow weekend for me in the movies....I'll use it to see more movies released last week I guess. Thanks for the warning! (but Rattner's name is enough to keep me away) Oh, your laugh can give John pause....LOL!
November 04, 2011
and it does...Pause him. Seeing 'Immortals' and Jack and Jill next week - I don't have faith in these big studio releases. Have a great weekend.
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review by . November 08, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I went to see Tower Heist on Friday.  What a major disappointment.   I am always a little concerned when comedies have great trailers, because usually all of the punch lines are in the trailer and there is not much left for your imagination when you go to see the movie.  Once again the trailer was much better than the movie.   To me the movie just went wrong on so many levels and wasted so much talent.  This movie could have been so much better.  Alan Alda must have …
review by . March 10, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
** out of ****    I respect that Brett Ratner designed "Tower Heist" as a film made specifically for him and his few loyal fans; those who have enjoyed his various escapist films throughout the years. I'd be lying if I said I didn't admire a few of them; and it's with that reality (and thought) in mind that I watched his newest film. I don't know exactly what I expected; a piece of sheer cinematic entertainment. Bad for the brain-cells; but the kind of movie that's good for just …
review by . November 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist is a triumph of casting and performance over plot, which is admittedly far-fetched and rather ridiculous. It is, essentially, a cross between a crime caper and a revenge fantasy – and a timely one at that, given the recent Bernie Madoff scandal and the current Wall Street protests, which has left so many people in a state of unrest. Here is a movie intentionally designed to be a crowd pleaser; it’s not …
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Director: Brett Ratner
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Release Date: November 4, 2011
Screen Writer: Ted Griffin, Jeff Nathanson
Runtime: 104 minutes
Studio: Imagine Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Relativity Media
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