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Tower Heist

The staff (Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick and others) at New York high-rise apartment takes their jobs very seriously until they are cheated out of their pensions by the tenant in the penthouse pad (Alan Alda). To get a bit of their own back, they enlist a criminal (Eddie Murphy) to help them plan the perfect robbery. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 99
Theater Release: 04 Nov 2011
Video Release: 21 Feb 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

If you found yourself defrauded of your life savings like the characters in this movie, what course of action would you follow to address your losses? What legal avenues would be open to you?

In this film the wrong doing against the employees is used to justify the characters decision to resort to illegal behavior. Are there times when people should take the law into their own hands? What would happen to our society if this were a common practice? While Josh is concerned about the fate of the many defrauded employees at the Tower, does he ever consider the plight of the other victims of this crime? Why or why not?

How much sympathy do you feel for the characters as they plot the big heist? Do you feel that sort of compassion when they go on their shoplifting spree?

How is chess used as a metaphor in this film? How does it help create the feeling that crime is a game?

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