Going in Style (2017)

Theatrical Release: April 7, 2017
Going in Style (2017)


When the company they worked for is bought out, their pensions become a casualty of the restructuring. Inspired by a bank robbery one of them witnesses, three seniors decide to take back what is rightfully owed them from the bank holding the company’s pension funds.

Dove Review

“Going in Style” is a laugh-out-loud, humor-filled movie that features Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, and Ann-Margret. An example of the humor is when a doctor tells Willie (Freeman) that he needs a new kidney. “I’ll look on eBay,” Willie replies. Willie is good friends with Joe (Caine) and Albert (Arkin) and the three of them become totally ticked off when their old company decides to move to Viet Nam, “freezing” their pension, which really means restructuring the company’s funds with the bank. As all three rely on their pensions, it puts them all in a bind. Joe is in danger of losing his home and gets no help from the bank. While at the bank, he watches while the bank is robbed. He isn’t harmed, but he does have a light bulb go on over his head. Maybe a “heist” with help from Willie and Albert might turn things around for the three of them.

Another comedic moment in the movie is when Joe and Willie decide to rob the local grocery store (before the planned bank robbery) and they put really big grocery items in their shirts and pants, such as a pork roast, a chicken, and a bag of flour—a bit obvious when they leave the store. Of course they are caught, but the store manager has mercy on them, even giving them coupons for future purchases. One of the best scenes takes place before they are caught, when Joe has Willie get inside a basket on top of a handicapped scooter, and he says he feels like “E.T. in the basket!”

The picture includes themes of love, as Willie misses his granddaughter and Albert surprisingly finds love. Regrettably, the movie features strong language, drug use, and sexual activity and we therefore unfortunately cannot award the film our Dove Family-Approved Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: An unmarried couple sleep together a few times and finally marry; a few sexual innuendos; a "get it on" comment.
Language: Several uses of "GD", JC,OMG, S and D, the F bomb is used once, and a few other harsh words.
Violence: Characters throw grocery items at a store security agent who is pursuing them, and she is covered in flour; two different bank robberies; a dog in a cage bites a police officer but it isn't graphic; man shoots at robbers and misses them; man shoots blanks at bank manager.
Drugs: Several drinking scenes including beer and champagne; characters smoke a marijuana cigarette; marijuana is seen in a bag and the baggie is mentioned; marijuana bong and pipe is seen; comments about cocaine.
Nudity: Cleavage; a man and woman's bare shoulders are seen under the covers in bed; man in shorts.
Other: Shoplifting but characters are caught; tension between characters; when a deadbeat dad picks up his daughter from school, a question is asked--"Did he find Jesus or something?" Three men are seen from behind in bathroom, urinating.


Company: Warner/New Line
Director: Zach Braff
Producer: Donald De Line
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 96 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter