Stand Up Guys Stand Up!

Stand Up Guys movie review.


Whenever I watch a movie I always try to figure out the name of the movie relating to the sequence. How did the writer come up with that title? Where did he get such name? Usually it’s at the end of the movie where I got to know the gist of the title.

Stand Up Guys reminds me of the aged Marlon Brando–which according to a hearsay–who had fond talking to his wiener who couldn’t get an erection, “stand up son stand up.” And when he began to feel the blood flowing in it, the snake in his trouser would become a rocket, he would celebrate for it. One scene from Al Pacino taking prescription drugs for an erection I immediately thought: that’s why.

But the erection problem has nothing to do with the movie. Stand Up Guys mean standing together until the end. That’s what the movie is all about, or at least as far as my perception is concerned.

Stand Up guys movie acene Al and Walken talking
Stand Up guys movie acene Al and Walken talking

Stand up guys is one very entertaining film. Imagine king of New York and Tony Montana together as old guys who still have the fun despite the monotonous life of being old. They stick ’till the end.

The movie stars Al Pacino as Valentine, Christopher Walken as Doc, and Alan Arkin as Hirsch. Three old con pals out for what seem to be an old school nightlife. A night in a lifetime where there were no creatures besides the three of them in the quiet city streets.

The only problem is, Val, out for parole from jail, will be killed by his old best pal Doc. Because if he won’t he might be killed too by a man he works for.

Most of the scenes at the beginning were just Al and Walken talking to each other. How great it is to see those great actors just talking. How can you not be amused by Al’s very low pitch, husky voice to screaming in high note when he gets mad. And Christopher Walken’s mannerism, moving his head to the side when he says, “you know…”

This is primarily intended not to bore old Scarface and King of NEw York fans at the beginning of the movie. Then inevitably follow what will happen next.

I like Al and Christopher humorous performance. They can be comedians too, I thought. They’re still great. My movie heroes.

Although not praised by critics because of the mediocrity of the production, the movie to me is entertaining. It’s Al and Christopher man. C’mon gimme a break! After all, I learned a good lesson about real friendship and being old.

The copy I watched is for awards presentation only and it’s not for sale or public viewing. I don’t know where my bro got it.

Watch the premiere on February 1, 2013 in all theaters near you. Check out the official website here.

Plot Summary: Scarface


Tony Montana (Al Pacino) and Manny Ribera (Steven Bauer) are Cuban refugees to Florida who are locked in jail for political activism. In jail, Manny’s contact named Omar Suarez (F. Murray Abraham) wants them to do something for him for a price: to kill a man in jail who incidentally has sinned against Tony. Green Cards are given to them and to fellow prisoners.

There they meet Suarez and wants them to do marijuana trade to certain people. But Tony, the tough principled man, gets angry at his own discretion wants to do a high paying job. Suarez, who underestimates Tony, agrees to let them do cocaine instead. Tony’s plan gets mess up when, Manny, a womanizer, comes late to the scene and makes the dealings complicated. But Tony ends the deal with pure violence and cleverness.

Tony meets Suarez’s boss Frank Lopez and makes Tony as partner, knowing his abilities and real guts in the drug business. There he also meets a big-time drug lord Sosa, Lopez’s business associate, and have Tony hired by him, who also notices Tony’s honesty and determination, qualities a man should have in a world of illegal business. However Tony, a too ambitious of a man, wants to have it all. He takes Lopez’s wife Elvira (Michelle Pfeiffer) and kills Lopez. Tony kills Lopez for betraying him, a basic rule that has been known to a family of gangsters: loyalty.

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Tony now is hired by Sosa as his partner and the rest is history. Tony makes money in a blink of an eye, depositing large amounts of money in Miami bank, but the bank refuses later because the laundering seems to come to no end. Tony begins to consume his own supply of drugs that resulted to paranoia. His wife Elvira gets hook too with cocaine that results into an unhappy married life. Tony’s success is beginning to fade away when Sosa wants his help to kill a guy who are trying to obstruct their business.

Tony who is still a good-hearted man screws up for killing the man whom should have detonated the bomb inside the enemy’s car. While Sosa is very disappointed and angry, Tony got very intoxicated with cocaine when he kills his partner Manny for a thought of screwing his sister, but the two have just get married and want to surprise him.

The story ends in Tony’s capacity for real violence. Tony has himself killed by Sosa’s men. As the famous lines of Sosa, “Don’t fuck with me Tony.” But Tony does. Tony ends his life with a seemingly meaningless purpose of an ambition that is put into waste