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Synopsis:

Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

What We Thought:

Going in Style is nothing new or original, but it’s very watchable because of its fantastic cast. With a trio of Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin, you really can’t go wrong.

The easiest comparison is Last Vegas, but with drastically different plots. That was about four old friends having one last go of it in Las Vegas for their friend’s bachelor party. That also had Morgan Freeman in it. This is three long time friends who decide to rob a bank because their pension funds got pulled. Like Last Vegas, this also has a side story about a love interest for Alan Arkin played by Ann-Margret.

Everything about the cast works. The three leads are three of the best actors of the past 30 years. They are easy to watch. Ann-Margret still looks good for her age. Matt Dillon is believable as a Fed. John Ortiz is the man that helps plan the heist. Christopher Lloyd is a crazy old guy who gets laughs. Plus Peter Serafinowicz always makes me laugh.

Then there’s Joey King. The young actress continues to impress me the more I see her. She’s been around for a while, but I’ve really taken notice since seeing her in Wish I Was Here, another film Zach Braff directed. She’s pretty great for an actress her age and handles her scenes with Michael Caine with ease. If she sticks with acting, she could be around for a long time.

We’ve seen versions of Going in Style many times before. There’s nothing groundbreaking about it, but it’s also not trying to be groundbreaking. Well besides having a cast whose average age is usually not leading man material. With younger movie goers turning to streaming services and not going to the theater as much, I’m curious to see how often more of these “AARP movies” will get made to entice the older generation back to the theater. The audience is there if the entertainment is available to them.

Cast & Crew:

  • Morgan Freeman
  • Michael Caine
  • Alan Arkin
  • Ann-Margret
  • Joey King
  • Matt Dillon
  • Christopher Lloyd
  • John Ortiz
  • Peter Serafinowicz
  • Zach Braff

Recommended If You Like:

  • Last Vegas
  • Movies For Older Folk

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