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Stiller and Murphy bring their best

Tower Heist

By Scott Jackson
On November 7, 2011

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"Tower Heist" is the newest comedy from Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, both formerly known for being funny. Obviously I thought these guys had lost their edge.

Stiller plays the building manager of a high-rise apartment tower that seems to be unknowingly housing a high-stakes criminal.

The plot unfolds and the tenant is caught in the middle of his little Ponzi scheme. The feds get involved and no one is too pleased with the situation.

The hotel staff becomes involved as they find out the character played by silly old Ben Stiller invested all of their pension money with the man.

To get the money back, Stiller enlists the help of his thuggish neighbor, played by Murphy, and a few of the hotel's employees. And so begins the heist of the tower.

Along for the journey are Casey Affleck, Michael Peña, and Matthew Broderick. Each awkwardly finds their way to mesh into the film and hits the hilarity cues right on target. Especially Broderick, who plays a soon to be homeless employee of Meryl Lynch. He pulls off some of the funniest lines in the entire flick.

Surprisingly, this is where I tell you how great Stiller and Murphy are in "Tower Heist."

Yes, they get the job done beautifully and remind everyone that they are still relevant. Maybe it was just the fantastic supporting cast that surrounds the two, but their performances were a pleasant surprise.

Murphy is as funny as he use to be and Stiller, well, he's just not overdoing it like usual. It's as if he isn't trying to impress everyone here.

In turn, watching him is much less of an annoyance. His humor in "Tower Heist" is much more subtle and hilarious, if you can pick up on it.

"Tower Heist" is a movie I dreaded viewing for a long time. When I sat down in the theater, I figured the only thing I'd enjoy was my popcorn.

After it was over, I couldn't believe how much I laughed and enjoyed myself. The movie feels like a breath of fresh air to the comedy genre and is simply refreshing.


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