Tower Heist

Theatrical Release: November 4, 2011
Tower Heist


Ben Stiller stars in Tower Heist, about a group of con-men who devise a plan to swindle the residents of New York’s upscale Trump Tower, where they also work

Queens native Josh Kovacs (Stiller) has managed one of the most luxurious and well-secured residences in New York City for more than a decade. Under his watchful eye, nothing goes undetected. In the swankiest unit atop Josh’s building, Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is under house arrest after being caught stealing two billion from his investors. The hardest hit among those he defrauded? The tower staffers whose pensions he was entrusted to manage.

With only days before Arthur gets away with the perfect crime, Josh’s crew turns to petty crook Slide (Murphy) to plan the nearly impossible… to steal what they are sure is hidden in Arthur’s guarded condo. Though amateurs, these rookie thieves know the building better than anyone. Turns out they’ve been casing the place for years, they just didn’t know it.

Dove Review

This is one of those “real potential” movies. It had the potential to be genuinely funny and entertaining but, regretfully, it falls short due to two main reasons: 1. It is sometimes not funny when trying to be and: 2. It has a massive amount of language in it. The profanities roll off the character’s tongues pretty consistently. The audience I viewed the film with sat in silence during what you could tell were supposed to be humorous moments in various scenes. I don’t know really if it is the director’s fault or screen writers or both, but I think the actors did the best they could, given what they had to work with. There is really no great or clear theme in the movie either. When a swindler named Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) uses the Trump Tower’s employees’ pension money, not to mention investment money from a certain character, in fraudulent ways, Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller), a manager, determines to get even with him and get the money back. So revenge is part of the plot. He has a good reason, saving the pensions of many workers who labored for years, but his approach is all wrong.

The movie does contain some entertaining moments, such as when Kovacs and his team attempts to lower a Ferrari down several stories during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But there aren’t enough good moments and the content of the movie spoils things too. Why not see “Puss in Boots” with your family this weekend?

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Some strong sexual innuendos and a man says he is going to go have sex with a certain woman; a new employee says a man's daughter looks like a prostitute (not knowing the woman is indeed a prostitute and not the man's daughter).
Language: GD-5; G/OMG-5; J-J/JC-5; S-36; A-17; H-6; SOB-2; D-1; Slang for male genitalia-3; Slang for testicles-7; "Suck"-1; "Bi*ch"-10; Slang for breasts-2; Slang for having sex-2; "Wanker"-1: "Idiots"-1; several utterances of the word "vagina" by a character.
Violence: A van breaks through a gate and there is a chase; another vehicle crashes a gate; a chase scene; guns are held on people; a character takes a golf club to a Ferrari and smashes the lights and hits the car several times.
Drugs: A few drinking scenes; one character is intoxicated; the drinking of wine and talk of past drunken binges; a character mentions another character is supposed to get him some cigars.
Nudity: Strong cleavage in a few scenes; man in swimming trunks; shirtless men.
Other: A man has swindled people out of their pensions; a revenge plot against a swindler; things are stolen.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Ted Griffin & Jeff Nathanson
Director: Brett Ratner
Producer: Brian Grazer
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 104 min.
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter