Sunday, February 3, 2013


Al Pacino: ex-convict Valentine “Val”
Christopher Walken: his former partner and best-buddy Doc
Mark Margolis: Mafia head “Claphands”
Julianna Marqulies: nurse Nina Hirsh
Alan Arkin: her father Richard
Addison Timlin: coffee shop waitress Alex

What a waste of talent: Al Pacino who had us mesmerized as Michael Corleone or enthralled us as Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman is relegated to a potty-mouthed mumbling low-life character. And Alan Arkin, who starred most recently in Argo, is given a bit-player role as an ailing old man who has little of consequence to say but has one of the fastest recoveries in medical science.

The thin plot line with its pandering to the young-adult-randy-male includes visits to the local brothel not just once, but twice. To say there are serious plot holes is an understatement: almost total suspension of disbelief is necessary to get though this cliché-ridden contrived mess.

for language, sexual content, violence and brief drug use.  

  • While talking with Val the orientation of Doc’s coffee mug changes from one shot to the next although he never once touches it.
  • Doc parks the car at a local bar facing in but when they go to leave he drives straight off without having to first backup.
  • Bloodletting, the ancient medical procedure was practiced as late as the 19th century but has no place in a modern day hospital.
  • As a passenger in the car, Doc has his seatbelt on when viewed from the front but is without it when seen from the driver’s perspective.
  • It is impossible to execute a bootlegger’s turn (to reverse the direction of travel of a forward moving vehicle 180°) with a vehicle having an automatic transmission.

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