Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tower Heist (2011)

This is a solid movie. Queens native Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) has managed one of the most luxurious and well-secured residences in New York City for more than a decade. Under his watchful eye, nothing goes undetected. In the swankiest unit atop Josh's building, Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw is under house arrest after being caught stealing two billion from his investors, including the tower staffers whose pensions he was entrusted to manage. Josh's crew turns to petty crook Slide (Eddie Murphy) to plan the nearly impossible, to steal what they are sure is hidden in Arthur's guarded condo.

The car in the film is a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. Téa Leoni worked with FBI technical advisor Anne C. Beagan to prepare for her role. To perform her character's Jamaican accent, Gabourey Sidibe had three dialect coaches help her prepare and practiced with a friend of Jamaican heritage. Additionally, she worked with an actual safecracker. While the actress was born in Brooklyn, New York, her father came from Senegal. 20-year-old model Kate Upton has a cameo appearance inside the hotel. The filmmakers and writers spoke with the managers of several high-profile New York hotels to learn of their experiences interacting with their clientele.

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