Poster for the movie "Tower Heist"


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A luxury condo manager leads a staff of workers to seek payback on the Wall Street swindler who defrauded them. With only days until the billionaire gets away with the perfect crime, the unlikely crew of amateur thieves enlists the help of petty crook Slide to steal the $20 million they’re sure is hidden in the penthouse.

Collections: Brett Ratner

Genres: Action, Comedy


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Language:  English
Release Date:  2 November 2011

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Runtime:  1 h 44 min

by Ginger

Tower Heist is an average movie about two average people. Alan Alda is the perpetrator of a Ponzi scheme that takes the apartment residents for a ride. The law is after him, but he seems just out of reach. The employees invest their entire life savings and the wealthy owner loses every bit of it. Angry about losing their life savings, employees Josh and Chase decide to get it back. This movie guide for families thinks that their intentions are good, but their methods are a little unorthodox.

This Robin Hood theme is about a quest to reacquire the $20 million that was stolen by the building owner and to return it to the staff. The original intention is good and well-meaning, but here is where the movie goes wrong in terms of family values. Chase and Josh have no criminal skills, particularly those that would allow them to pull off a $20 million heist from the building owner. They post bail for a hardened criminal so that they can learn the trade secrets from him.

When they spring Slide (Eddie Murphy), they want him to give them a crash course in criminal activities. Slide is an excellent coach and soon has them picking locks and other criminal activities like a pro. For one of their tests, they have to steal something. You can probably guess the rest from here. They become adept criminals. This movie glorifies and justifies crime in many ways.

As far as movie ratings for families are concerned, PG-13 is a little mild. The one disturbing thing about this movie is that it went into a little too much detail about the how tos of the criminal mind. The movie contained mentions as male prostitution, sexual encounters with a cute woman, guns, threats, violence and armed robbery. The movie contained more than its fair share of graphic sexual imagery and graphic language. OK, I think you get the picture. Aside from the general theme that makes criminal activity look heroic, the movie has plenty to offer in terms of bad adult role models. The shear amount of inappropriate content in this movie is enough to make me vote for bowling with the kids instead. For adults, as always Eddie Murphy delivers the lines in a way that only Eddie Murphy can do. But, as we know, his type of humor is more suited for adults than children. These are the key reasons for rating the movie a little higher than a PG-13 by this family movie guide.

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