Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Al Pacino in Stand Up Guys. <em>*Photo courtesy of Lionsgate</em>
Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Al Pacino in Stand Up Guys. *Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Stars: Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, Christopher Walken
Director: Fisher Stevens.
Rated: R
Showing: Southside Theatre. Call 297-2821 for show times.
Runtime: 94 minutes
Comedy, crime

There’s a comfortable class-reunion vibe to the gangland comedy Stand Up Guys. That’s because pretty much everyone in the company reprises roles they’ve played to perfection before.

You’ve got Christopher Walken spot-on as Doc, a complicated, laconic hit man. Here’s Al Pacino gleefully desecrating his Scarface roles as Val, a batty, cartoonish and more over-the-top-than-usual bank robber. Alan Arkin rounds out the crew as Hirsch, another grumblesome lion in winter, this time a retired getaway driver growling for one final fling.

The casting gives us three men on base even before Julianna Margulies appears as a kindhearted hospital nurse, Breaking Bad’s Mark Margolis plays a murderous villain and Lucy Punch, comedy’s go-to harlot, pops up as a ditzy hooker.

What could go wrong? Not much, if you’re in the agreeable mood this enjoyable film aims to kindle. You can’t argue that performers the stature of Pacino, Walken and Arkin don’t deserve better material, yet it’s so nice to have them onscreen together I’m in no mood to quibble.