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Film / Going in Style (2017)

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Going in Style is a 2017 remake of the 1979 comedy film of the same name, directed by Zach Braff and starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin. As in the original, Joe, Al and Willie are senior citizens trying to rob a bank.


  • Adaptational Heroism: This time, the robbers do need the stolen money because the company they used to work for cut their pension checks, the bank is cheating them and they fear trying to take it back legally will take longer than they hope to live.
  • Bank Robbery: What the three protagonists plan to do.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Early on, Al makes a joke about outliving Willie and Joe, and promising to deliver both of their Eulogies. And at the end it looks like he suffered an ironic twist in dying on the operating table when giving Willie his kidney, only for Joe's "Eulogy" to be revealed as the speech as Al's Best Man at his wedding.
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  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted. Willie is likely to be the first protagonist to die because he needs a new kidney but he gets one and doesn't die.
  • Epic Fail: When the protagonists are robbing the bank, the manager who earlier cheated Joe (and was a general slimeball) tries to shoot them. His targets remain still but he misses every single shot.
  • Foreshadowing: The guy the protagonists offer a share of the loot in exchange for his help with planning the robbery counters them by saying he could rob the bank himself and keep all the loot. It turns out he's one of the robbers from the case Joe had witnessed.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The protagonists, who may be planning a robbery, but all have elements that keep them from being simple thugs.
  • Karma Houdini: The company doesn't suffer any notable consequences for screwing over its employees. Granted, the movie focuses on the robbery after the freezing of pension funds is announced. So it could be possible there is public backlash, and the movie simply doesn't include it.
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  • Race Lift: Willie is an African-American in this movie.
  • Something Only They Would Say: When the character who helped the protagonists to plan the caper comments on how it's every society's duty to care for its elders, Joe realizes he's the tattooed robber from the heist he witnessed.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Joe is the only protagonist who doesn't die in the first film. Neither of them dies in this one.
  • Unishment: The worst the protagonists expect to happen to them if caught is to receive free room and board and a better healthcare program.


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