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Tower Heist Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

Making them--and you--pay. Read full review

2.5

Grae Drake Profile

Tolerable larceny. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    59

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

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

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal John Anderson

    The type of film with which Mr. Ratner has claimed to be infatuated is itself like a caper - it requires precise execution. Tower Heist is more like that 10-story Snoopy, as he drunkenly bobs along Central Park West.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Tower Heist is the cinematic version of a Trump property: overblinged, eye-catching, and essentially tacky.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    A smoothly engineered crowd pleaser.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Brisk, fun heist movie has some language, sex talk.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this Ben Stiller/Eddie Murphy comedy appears to have been inspired by Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, it's not heavy-handed and is likely to appeal to teens who are fans of either of the stars or director Brett Ratner's action movies. Expect plenty of high-octane scenes -- car chases, a Ferrari dangling from 50 stories high, etc. -- as well as a fair amount of swearing (particularly "s--t"), product placement, and sexual innuendoes/references to sex. The characters' scheme is a crime, but they're presented as Robin Hood-esque in their motivations.

  • Families can talk about the characters' motivations. Are they justified in wanting to get revenge? Is it ever justifiable to commit a crime to right a wrong?
  • Does the movie seem skewed toward the perpetrators? Why? And should it be? Would you have as much sympathy for the characters if they were real-life people?
  • How does the movie address class and race? Does it undermine stereotypes or reinforce them? Are the characters a realistic depiction of life in New York?
  • Do you think people who commit Ponzi schemes start off expecting to defraud people, or do you think they accidentally end up in that situation when they take a big risk that fails? How should the legal system punish criminals who steal people's life savings?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: The Robin Hood-esque main characters want to steal from the rich to give to the working class who have been hoodwinked by a finance mogul. While their means may not be legal, their intentions are good, and most of them seek nothing more than justice.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Kovacs is an idealist who wants to make things right when his entire staff is defrauded. He exacts revenge by committing a crime -- which the movie presents as justified since it's apparently righting wrongs. He treats his staff respectfully and is well-liked.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Cars careen through the streets of New York during a high-speed chase, and guns are fired. A woman rams a man with a utility cart, and a man vandalizes a car in rage. Characters cuss each other out, and one attempts suicide. But no one is seriously, physically hurt.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Frequent innuendo; use of sexual words like "screwing," "balls," "t--ties," etc. Some cleavage/women in risque clothing. Talk of making out and getting lucky. References to having sex, prostitution.

  • language false3

    Language: Many uses of "s--t"; also "d--k," "son of a bitch," "prick," "a--hole," "ass," "hell," "banging," "damn," "goddamn," "oh my God," and more.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: A fair amount of product placement and signage, including Canon, Playboy, Chase Manhattan, Ralph Lauren, Cuisinart, DeVry Technical Institute, and Nathan's hot dogs. One character is so ostentatious about his wealth that he has a rooftop pool made to look like currency and an expensive car displayed in his penthouse for show.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A woman gets inebriated while at a pub with a guy she sort of likes. Some social drinking.

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