I was fully ready to loathe the new caper comedy “Tower Heist.” It didn’t help that it starred Ben Stiller (his stutter schtick in the “Meet the Parents” films is the equivalent of nails on a chalkboard to me) or Eddie Murphy (I’d rather get a colonoscopy than sit through another of his multi-role “Nutty Professor”-type comedies.)
But “Tower Heist” surprised me. It’s entertaining, fun and – egads! – smart. Well, smart enough to know when it asks you to ditch knowledge and just go along for the ride (a very funny one, too).
And the performances were spot-on: Stiller is nicely restrained, and Murphy is in fine comedic form, recalling his early performances (“Trading Places”).
So “Tower Heist” got me thinking about other heist flicks I like. Here are some: