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DVD Review: “Maiden Heist”

(Sony. 1 hour, 29 minutes. Rated PG-13 for strong language, nudity and brief fantasy violence. Directed by Peter Hewitt.) Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, William H. Macy, Marcia Gay Harden. Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams.

Straight-to-video caper-comedy-for-the-elderly is a mildly amusing addition to the genre. Freeman (72), Walken (66), and Macy (59) are longtime security guards at a Boston art museum. They cook up a plot to steal their favorite works of art, rather than lose them to a foreign museum. Harden is Walken’s blowsy hairdresser wife, saving tips for a Florida vacation. Caper films are (or should be) mostly about the setup, and despite a few funny moments, the movie’s plot points here are too predictable to hold much interest. Bill Macy takes his clothes off again (he started doing that a few movies back, like in Wild Hogs) and for 59 years old, he’s got a nice butt. Movie had a tentative theatrical release date back in May, but its distributor, Yari Film Group, is in Chapter 11. DVD extras include a director, writer and producer commentary; a making-of featurette; deleted scenes; and a blooper reel. Bill, keep that personal trainer on speed dial.

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