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Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead an all-star cast in Tower Heist, a comedy caper about working stiffs who seek revenge on the Wall Street swindler who stiffed them. After the workers at a luxury Cent... read more read more...ral Park condominium discover the penthouse billionaire has stolen their retirement, they plot the ultimate revenge: a heist to reclaim what he took from them. -- (C) Official Site

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DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012

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  • fb100000145236770
    December 3, 2013
    Re-watched this last week and I gotta say it holds up very well. Still pretty funny, and definitely a good re-watch around Thanksgiving time.

    Original review "Tower Heist" is kind of like a comedic version of the "Ocean's 11" movies. Alan Alda plays a millionaire who inves... read morets his workers pensions fraudulently, then loses it all. While awaiting his trial the workers, headed by Ben Stiller, decide to plan a heist and steal their money back from his penthouse apartment. The heist is very entertaining and pretty clever(although parts are predictable). The cast is very well rounded with Eddie Murphy, Michael Pena, Casey Affleck, and Gabourey Sidibe all taking part in the heist and providing plenty of laughs and some memorable lines. While the movie probably won't be remembered as long as some of Stiller and Murphy's other notable movies( "Meet the Parents", "Nutty Professor"), it is still worth a watch, and I could see a sequel coming out down the line. Good fall comedy if you need a laugh or just need to kill an hour or so.
  • March 29, 2013
    Tower Heist had a great cast of actors to be such a bad film. I guess I expected more considering the actors the film had lined up. The movie was kinda funny. It had interesting characters, but I think what really made this film fall flat was the story. It wasn't too origi... read morenal and the whole take from rich and give to poor Robin Hood syndrome has been done so much. The film had moments and not enough of them to deserve more praise then what little I am giving it. I loved Gabourey Sidibe. She was the best part of the film. Eddie Murphy was over the top in his performance and ended up just annoying me. Not the best they could have done with a cast like this and it's a shame.
  • October 14, 2012
    Funny movie, great cast. Inspired by Ocean's Eleven. A group of ex-employers led by Josh (Ben Stiller) break into the Tower to steal millions from its owner. The owner Shaw stole their pension fund and caused their friend and colleague Henderson to jump in front of a train. Slide... read more (Eddie Murphy) is a crook that Josh enlists to teach them how to steal. All the interactions with Slide are hilarious but you can't help but think it's Donkey from Shrek talking. My fave character is Charlie (Casey Affleck). He is not very good at anything but is at the mercy of his brother-in-law Josh.
  • August 2, 2012
    Pleasantly surprised, Tower Heist isn't half as bad as I'd been lead to believe. I thought the cast were good and worked well together, I liked the story, I didn't find it predictable and I liked the end. I was entertained pretty much throughout and I even laughed a couple of tim... read morees. Very easy viewing.
  • July 23, 2012
    Fun movie with some rather funny scenes. Decent cast. Not the best movie, but definitely nothing too much to complain about.
  • July 8, 2012
    For a breezy, star studded crime caper comedy, I didn't expect this to have the amount of genuine suspense that it did. Seriously, this one had my attention, and actually seemed like something was at stake.

    However, it's all pretty generic and by the numbers, and there's not a s... read moretaggering amount of weight, so some of the more suspenseful stuff just seemed all for naught by the end, but hey, it's never boring, even if it doesn't try as hard as it should, espeically given the timely nature of the material since it's about a group of working stuff who plot to get revenge on the billionaire who stole their retirement funds.

    There's a large well known cast here, but none of them are all that interesting, mostly because the film isn't concerned with having a sharp script. That's one of the major things that sets this apart from the Ocean's films, well, also the fact that Ratner can't compare to Soderbergh, etc. But, the film is really pretty stinkin' funny a lot of the time. There's some missed opportunities, and some of the stuff (like Gabourey Sidibe as a Jamaican maid) is a painful regression, but Murphy delivers some of his best (funny) work in a very long time, and he's definitely one of the best parts of the movie. Sidibe did okay with the material, but it just upsets me that they couldn't have done something more original. Alan Alda is also good as the Bernie Madoff type of antagonist, but he's not quite as charmingly menacing and smarmy as I was hoping for. Still, not a bad job.

    I'm all over the place when it comes to Ratner. He's far from being the worst, but the guy should be a lot better than he is, and it makes me wonder why he consistently putzes around with this kind of crap when he's capable of more. Hmm, maybe he just likes delivering this sort of thing, and doesn't care.

    Enough rambling. While the film does have some good moments, and is admittedly really entertaining, it's really not all that special or innovative, or especially memorable either.
  • June 11, 2012
    A decent comedy with a good assembled cast line up. It has quite a lot of funny moments but to be honest when I first saw the trailers I thought this could be a classic. Unfortunately it didn't reach that level, but still worth a viewing for a few laughs.
  • June 7, 2012
    Ben Stiller steps way out on this one and does an excellent job in his part. Eddie Murphy still has it but plays his typical part and his acting is the same as seen in many past movies. The story line is incredible and rivals the scandal that went on with Bernie in NYC months bac... read morek. Lots of action and overall a very enjoyable movie. 5 Stars
  • fb100000040220993
    May 31, 2012
    This film was forgettable. Literally. It seemed decent enough while we were watching it, but the next day I could hardly remember anything I viewed. I'm not sure that anything that has any value merits such a response. Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy have been past their primes ... read morefor awhile, but I don't remember if that's true in this film. I most certainly can't say I recommend this movie, since I'm not even sure if I actually even watched it. Well, whatever.
  • April 30, 2012
    Ordinary guys. An extraordinary robbery.

    Good movie! It is actually very entertaining and the performances from the entire cast are solid. I laughed a lot and more than I expected. It also has quite a few twists and turns which I wasn't expecting and which should keep you intere... read morested. The chemistry between Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy is very good too and they both provide a couple of very memorable scenes. If you are looking for something to pass the time this movie would be a very good choice.

    Josh Kovacs is the manager of a residential apartment in New York. He is close to all the tenants, especially Arthur Shaw, a financier. One day Shaw is arrested by the FBI for fraud. Josh thinks it's a misunderstanding that can be resolved. But later he learns that the employees' pension which he asked Shaw to handle is gone. When one of the employees tries to kill himself, Josh's views of Shaw change. He goes to see him and loses his temper. He loses his job. The FBI agent in charge of Shaw tells him that Shaw might walk and recovering the pension fund is unlikely. She tells him that it's been rumored that Shaw has 20 million laying around if he needs. Josh thinks he knows where it is. So with two other employees who also lost their jobs and an evicted tenant, they set out to get into Shaw's penthouse to get the money. But they realise they need the assistance of someone who knows what they are doing. So, Josh asks a guy he knows is a thief named Slide to help them.

Critic Reviews

Richard Roeper
November 6, 2011
Richard Roeper, Richard

Cheerfully crappy schlock. Full Review

Eric D. Snider
November 4, 2011
Eric D. Snider,

Made me laugh and held my interest more than it should have, given how sloppy it is. Call it an acceptable bit of B-minus work from a C student. Full Review

Tom Long
November 4, 2011
Tom Long, Detroit News

So what if it's sheer petty escapist enjoyment? Tower Heist delivers the laughs in desperate times. Full Review

Peter Rainer
November 4, 2011
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Alan Alda plays the billionaire, and his oleaginous smarm is so good that you almost wish Alda were starring in a hard-edged movie about Madoff instead of this goofy heist picture that takes way too l... Full Review

Robert Levin
November 4, 2011
Robert Levin, The Atlantic

This is, of course, Hollywood schlock, directed by shlock-master Brett Ratner. But it's also a surprisingly effective social drama. Full Review

J. R. Jones
November 4, 2011
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

Highly recommended if you want to watch an assortment of rich movie stars feel your pain. Full Review

Liam Lacey
November 4, 2011
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

The latest comedy-action film from director Brad Ratner is a shaggy affair, but it's intermittently inspired in its action sequences and the comic business of its sprawling cast. Full Review

Scott Tobias
November 4, 2011
Scott Tobias, NPR

Between the protracted setup and the fizzled execution, however, Tower Heist finds a nice comic groove in the job's planning stages, when Murphy finally bursts onto the scene and pings jokes off his t... Full Review

Stephen Whitty
November 4, 2011
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

You really want these poor schlubs to get their very justified revenge - just like you want to like this movie. It co-opts you from the very start. Full Review

Scott Bowles
November 4, 2011
Scott Bowles, USA Today

Tower Heist feigns being an Ocean's 11 for schmucks, but plays like a retread of 48 Hours. Full Review

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    • Slide: Look at my face.
    • Josh Kovacs: Look at my face.
    • Slide: You see how serious I am?
    • Josh Kovacs: I'm pretty serious too.
    • Slide: Are you ready to die bi*ch?
    • Josh Kovacs: That's my suit.
    • Slide: Yeah it's your suit I got on your socks and drawers too.
    • Josh Kovacs: Checkmate.
    • Charlie: It's the FBI lady, and two cops.
    • Enrique Dev'Reaux: Shit, we haven't done anything yet!
    • Slide: What you trying to steal?
    • Josh Kovacs: Twenty Million Dollars.
    • Slide: Let's go grab a bite to eat.
    • Josh Kovacs: You think Steve McQueen is the coolest cat that ever lived? Well guess what, today Steve McQueen is my little bitch!
    • Josh Kovacs: Slide, we gotta use the truck. Where are the keys?
    • Slide: Under the sun visor.
    • Mr. Fitzhugh: You leave the keys? In New York?
    • Slide: It's a stolen car!
    • Mr. Fitzhugh: You brought a stolen car? To a robbery?

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