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: