You know how radio stations host those all-day concerts, where 30 acts show up and each play their one big hit song? The cinematic equivalent to that would be “Stand Up Guys,” in which Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin pop up to do exactly what we would expect them to do.
Granted, Pacino’s Pacino, Walken’s Walken and Arkin’s Arkin are entertaining and impressive, but the film provides them with little to do but recreate their finest moments in other movies. If you’re in the mood for a greatest-hits album of contemporary movie acting, you could do worse than this breezy but inconsequential comedy about aging Mafiosi out for one last spree.
The film begins with Val (Pacino) getting out of jail after a lengthy stint, with his best pal Doc (Walken) there to meet him outside the gate. Doc drives Val into the city, where Viagra...