What would Robin Hood do if he hit Wall Street? Tower Heist gives us an inkling with Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller), the general manager of a luxury New York apartment complex. Josh rounds up the building's not-quite-merry employees to rob penthouse resident Arthur Shaw, after discovering the mogul has squandered the staff's savings in a Ponzi scheme. The ragtag group offers plenty of laughs along the way with their criminal inexperience, but their bumbling antics can't cover-up a heist that is too far-fetched to be true.
Part of the reason the humor fails to distract from the improbable caper is due to the fact that it's spread thin among the film's all-star cast, which also includes Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Tea Leoni, and Casey Affleck. The ensemble is so large that the film is forced to parcel out the humor among too many characters, robbing anyone of the chance to really stand out. Everyone receives an equal share of one-liners, but I felt certain characters could have developed jokes into side-splitting humor had they only received more screen time. To find out why I expected Tower Heist to pull off more than just a heist, just keep reading