If the work week has left you mentally and physically drained, or you’re just in the mood for some popcorn and car chases, I have the movie for you. This is the best action/comedy I have seen in years, maybe since Die Hard, but I don’t want to oversell it. This is just a fun, fairly intelligent—just don’t think too hard about it—and engaging movie.
Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) manages Manhattan’s swankiest Upper West Side apartment building. The luxury of The Tower is only surpassed by the service—the staff attends to every detail of the residents’ pampered lives. In the penthouse lives Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda), a Wall Street baron and self-described simple kid from Astoria. When Josh asks Arthur to manage the staff ’s pension plan, he gladly accepts. And that’s when he goes all Madoff.
Josh, his brother-in-law Charlie (Casey Affleck), an evicted tenant, Mr. Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick), and a bored elevator operator Enrique (Michael Pena) decide to take matters into their own hands. They enlist the help of a childhood friend of Josh’s and career criminal Slide (Eddie Murphy) and plot to find Shaw’s nest egg and rob him. It’s your basic ragtag group of good guys trying to stick it to the man.
I have zero complaints about this movie. No, it’s not A Beautiful Mind, but it’s a wildly entertaining and funny movie. Matthew Broderick deserves special mention, but his funny lines are often overlooked in the shadow of Murphy and Stiller. Alan Alda also delivers a brilliant performance as the sociopath Shaw.
It's an 8.