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TOWER HEIST

What to know: When a group of hard working guys find out they've fallen victim to a wealthy business man's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.
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Recommended age 13-18
104 minutes
FeatureFilm
UNIVERSAL CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
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Are you into adventure? Tower Heist is about a group of staff (played by A-list actors including Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, and more) who work in the most expensive real estate in the world- The Tower in New York City. When the head of The Tower Arthur Shaw (played by Alan Alda) is arrested for Ponzi scheme, the manager of the building (Josh Kovacs played by Ben Stiller) breaks the terrifying news to the staff: all of their pensions are invested in Shaw, so they currently have no money! They come up with a ruse to get back their money by stealing from Mr. Shaw, but will it work? I liked this movie a lot. I am impressed with writer Ted Griffin because the plot and screenplay is filled with so many jokes, surprises, and more. The movie is set in New York, and there were many New Yorker jokes that I could relate to since I live here. But even if you don't live in New York, you can still laugh at the jokes. I also liked how one of the themes of the movie is related to our economy today. The movie depicts the troubles of the working class and shows how different it is for the rich in Wall Street to attain money by fraud. The movie also has a hidden metaphor. There are several scenes comparing the robbery to a chess game: each staff member of the building represents a chess piece in a game, and their objective is to steal $45 million dollars! Josh Kovacs, played by Ben Stiller, can be compared to the chess piece, queen, because he sacrifices his job to help the staff in the building. His deed represents the move in chess, Queen Sacrifice. However, the scheme the characters follow in the movie seems unrealistic because it is too well-planned to be true. I recommend this movie to teens 13 and up. There is some profanity and violent scenes, but other than that, Tower Heist is a laugh out loud movie with a great core that will keep the entire family entertained. Credit: Gabriella Chu, age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
When a group of hard working guys find out they've fallen victim to a wealthy business man's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.
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