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Tower Heist

A Comedy film directed by Brett Ratner

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Major Disappointment - Thank goodness Eddie Murphy was around

  • Nov 8, 2011
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 walked away with his pay check and never looked back.  He could have been used so much better in this movie.  Ben Stiller needs to go back and find some CGI characters to play with, he is much better with them in previous movies than he is here with real people.   The only time the movie picks up and makes you laugh a little is when Eddie Murphy is on the screen.  This is one of his better roles in recent years.  It proves he can still be funny.  Its just a shame the rest of the movie was not equal to his talent.  

I am not sure just what they were trying to do with this movie.  Social commentary?  Slap stick comedy?  Dramedy?  Whatever it was the did not achieve it.  Oh did I mention Mathew Broderick was in this movie.  Well if I didn't its no big deal because he is so forgettable it doesn't really matter if I mention him or not.  He is kind of repeating his character from The Producers only without singing.  Maybe he should have sung.

Next time guys, get a script, get a director, and then try your best to be as good as Eddie.  It might just work out.

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November 09, 2011
BPIT alert! ("Best Parts in Trailer")
November 08, 2011
I agree with you about the trailers; everything good is on them and there's nothing left when you watch the movie!
November 08, 2011
you have cemented all the other things I've heard about this movie....
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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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