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'Tower Heist' Draws Laughs That Don't Last

It's not just a robbery. It's payback. "Tower Heist" has an an all-star cast, which includes Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, and Matthew Broderick. Josh Kovacs (Stiller) is the manager of The Tower, an extremely wealthy apartment building with a penthouse that Arthur Shaw (Alda) has lived in for the past decade. Shaw is a humble billionaire who is respected by most.

When Shaw is arrested for stealing all of The Tower staff's money, Josh is determined to get all the money back, regardless of the consequences. Josh puts together a team that is made up of former employees (Affleck & Michael Peña), a former guest at The Tower (Broderick) and a criminal (Murphy). Broderick plays a middle-aged father who used to travel first class, but now is being kicked out of his home. Murphy plays the criminal, whom the team feels is a "professional criminal" because he's been to jail several times.

This movie is absolutely hysterical. Broderick and Murphy bring the most laughter to the audience. However, much of the heist is nonsensical and completely impossible. It isn't difficult to spot the flaws in the plot. But the craziness and absurdity of the heist does make it more comical.

The acting of everyone besides Broderick is satisfactory. Playing a nerdy coward seems to work for Broderick, even though he's infamously known for his role of rebellious Ferris Bueller.

But the story seems to be missing something. It's a little too simple and a little too short. I expected it to have more action, but overall, it's really just another comedy with well-known comedians.

I give "Tower Heist" a 7 out of 10 for being hilarious and extremely entertaining, but less than what I expected. Not very memorable.

PS – I am an extra in this movie! See if you can find me!

Katherine Grace Marra is a junior at Weston High School who reviews films from a teen's perspective on her blog www.katherinegracem.tumblr.com .

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