Willie, Joe and Albert are Brooklyn seniors and down on their luck. Their pensions have been cancelled, the mortgages are in arrears and it's about time to do something about it. How about robbing a bank? Testing their skills on the local supermarket and failing miserably, our trio employs a professional criminal adviser. Will our oldies be able to rob a bank and get away with it?
The world had moved on and it’s enough to see Michael Caine (84), Morgan Freeman (79) and Alan Arkin (83) to realize that the old age is not what it used to be. These "youngsters" are more than capable of robbing a bank, but as we are in the realm of a Hollywood comedy we get a few funny gags, light thrills and a couple of sentimental moments that are enough to makes us feel a little bit better about ourselves and the world in general.
The senior stars milk their charisma and status to the fullest and there is nothing wrong with that. The first time director and a full time comedian Zach Braff knows his audience and, without overdoing it, gives us a focused, funny and a good nostalgic movie. It's easy to watch and the characters are easy to relate to.
This film will never make it to your top ten of the year, however it never disappoints. There are a few missed opportunities and the script never tries to break any new ground, but it all could be to the benefit of the final result. This is the sort of movie that's safe to show to your grandparents, but the little kids will like it too. It may not be a great example of movie making, but a fun piece of entertainment that many other comedies should look up to.