Tower Heist

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Afflect, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Tea Leoni. Comedy/action. Written by Ted Griffin, Jeff Nathanson. Directed by Brett Ratner.

FILM SYNOPSIS: After Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda), resident of an illustrious penthouse tower in New York City, pulls off a Ponzi scheme that robs many of their life savings, a group of his victims, including tower manager Josh Kovaks, form a crew to pull off a heist that will get their money back with interest.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Weíre in for a lot of these movies. You know, the ones where Wall Street billionaires rip us off and we (well, some of ďweĒ) get revenge. And maybe this is a good thing, as it is Hollywood reminding the nation that capitalism only works when not controlled by greed and avarice. On the other hand, a glut of these films may work in reverse, generating a sense of apathy, causing us to think there is nothing we can do to control Ponzi schemers.

As for this attempt at milking the Bernie Madoff syndrome, Tower Heist has its positives, but one major drawback. First, itís a good blend of comedy and drama, with the entire cast proving their chops when it comes to timing and sensibility. I even liked the ending as it shows one person willing to sacrifice himself for the rights and needs of others.

My only real objection is that once again we have a film where our Lordís name is tossed around blithely. Mostly, itís the villain who profanes Godís and Christís name, but not all of the 10 profanities come from the antagonist. This verbal irreverence marred what otherwise would have been a nice comic fantasy about the good guys eventually besting the bad guys.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

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Crude Language: Several crude sexual comments and innuendos.

Obscene Language: Thirty or so obscenities, including two uses of the N-word by Eddie Murphy; I never can figure out why itís okay for a black comedian to use that word, when itís offensive to hear out of anyone elseís mouth.

Profanity: Around ten objectionable uses of Godís name or Christís.

Violence: There are several action scenes, but no real violence.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several crude sexual references.

Drugs: Some drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and up.

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