At one point in Fisher Stevens’ charming comedy Stand Up Guys
, professional thief Doc (Christopher Walken) looks on with amusement at the familiar sight of his old partners in crime -- tough guy Val (Al Pacino) and ace wheelman Hirsch (Alan Arkin) -- bickering over whether Hirsch should give his pants to a naked woman they’ve discovered. Doc’s pleasure in that moment, registered in a loving close-up of Walken while the other two argue, is exactly how Stand Up Guys
makes you feel.
The movie opens with Val (short for Valentine) getting out of jail after serving 28 years for a botched robbery. During his long term, he never gave up the names of his ...