(No longer in theaters)
Brian Grazer, Eddie Murphy, Kim Roth
Nov 4, 2011
The Occupy Wall Street people will get a populist boost from Tower Heist, a shameless but exuberantly well-done caper comedy about employees of an apartment building for the super-wealthy who band together to rob the smug Madoffian billionaire (Alan Alda) who gobbled up, among other things, their pension fund. Ben Stiller, as a micromanager with a chip on his shoulder, and Eddie Murphy, as a calculating street thief, show off two of the best fastballs in comedy, and Téa Leoni’s best scene as an FBI agent—drunk, both sloppy and blunt—makes you wish she had more. The screenplay (credited to Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson) is packed with nifty gags, and director Brett Ratner stages a sequence involving a sports car dangling from the top of a skyscraper that makes us all Scottie Ferguson in Vertigo, our eyes making like yo-yos.