l to r: Christoher Walken, Alan Arken and Al Pacino in "Stand Up Guys.?
For a film that mostly consists of Al Pacino and Christopher Walken hanging out, reminiscing about the good old days and itching to get back in the action and go cap some fools, Fisher Stevens’ Stand Up Guys is incredibly dull and wasteful of its resources. Alan Arkin, sold as the third lead, doesn’t turn up for 40 minutes and then doesn’t stick around long enough to contribute anything noteworthy. A few female bit-parts are scattered around in a weak attempt to keep things balanced, but the whole affair feels half-baked and unsure of its own ambitions, while the central hook of impending menace makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.