Going in Style

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Leaden comedy about a trio of retirees (Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin) driven to desperation by financial woes who cook up an unlikely scheme to rob a branch of the bank they blame for the cancellation of their pensions. As they get tips for a successful caper from an experienced criminal (John Ortiz), Arkin's grouchy character finds romance with a grocery store checkout lady (Ann-Margret). Director Zach Braff's remake of Martin Brest's 1979 film — which also features Matt Dillon as an FBI agent — amounts to a complete waste of its cast's considerable gifts. While not a movie from which viewers are likely to draw any real-life moral conclusions, it does present the oldsters' actions as justified and ultimately harmless.

Watch out for: A frivolous treatment of crime, including drug use, a couple of brief premarital bedroom scenes, a scatological sight gag, about a half-dozen uses of profanity, some vulgar sexual references, a single instance of rough language, considerable crude and crass talk.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13

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