Rating: PG-13

Tower Heist was released in theaters on November 4, 2011. As previews for this movie showed up on television, I knew that I wanted to see what it was all about, and I liked the main actors and actresses that were starring in it, as well. A few of the stars in this movie are Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Michael Peña, Gabourey Sidibe, Alan Alda, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, and Téa Leoni. It’s a crime, comedy film, and even though it might not display the logic within crime movies, it does live up to its genre of comedy. Tower Heist takes place in November close to Thanksgiving Day. The plot is set up so that it’s easy to follow and understand.

The film starts out following Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) who is the building manager of The Tower. The Tower is a luxury apartment complex that houses wealthy individuals such as Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) who is a financer. Kovacs continues his normal daily duties unaware of the impending arrest of Shaw. Special Agent Claire Denham (Téa Leoni) puts Shaw under house arrest until more evidence can be found to put him in prison. At first, Kovacs does not believe Shaw committed fraud, but Kovacs later finds out that an employee attempted suicide because he invested all his money with Shaw and lost it all. Infuriated, Kovacs confronts Shaw about the issue, and after an incident he loses his job along with Charlie Gibbs (Casey Affleck) and Enrique Dev’Reaux (Michael Peña) who were at the scene and allowed the incident to happen. Denham tells Kovacs that Shaw probably has money hidden somewhere inside his apartment in case he needed to escape quickly. Kovacs, Gibbs, and Dev’Reaux decide that they want to steal their money back, and they coerce Mr. Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick), who used to live in The Tower, to join their gang. The group realizes that they need to include an actual thief and that’s when Leo “Slide” Dalphael (Eddie Murphy), a sketchy character from Kovacs past, joins them. After running into a problem with their plan, they understand that they need a specialist and ask Odessa Montero (Gabourey Sidibe), a maid that works at The Tower, to help them get the money back. Once the gang is finally all together, the robbery and danger really begins.

The characters in this movie are realistic and tend to be quite comical. They’re not necessarily seeking revenge, but merely want the money that was taken from them. Each actor and actress brings their own qualities to the characters he/she is playing. When Kovacs finds out about the employee and Shaw, the viewer can relate to how Kovacs feels and might even act the way that he did. Viewers will most likely be rooting for the gang to succeed throughout the movie.

At a few points near the end of the movie, it becomes clear to the viewer that he/she is watching a movie because the physics within these scenes were impossible. I found myself giggling at these unintentional funny moments. However, the scenes were small and did not take away from the movie as a whole. Also, I felt that the ending was appropriate for the way the movie was set up. In a sense, it made it feel more realistic because it would most likely happen in that way rather than the typical cliché movie ending. I would recommend this movie for anyone wanting a light movie with good laughs. Tower Heist is definitely worth watching.

My Rating: ★★★★