If you were to tell me that a trailer for a Brett Ratner-directed movie starring Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Michael Pena, Alan Alda and Gabourey Sidibe was worth watching, I’d laugh in your face. I guess it’s not so much the actors — questionable Stiller and Murphy moments in recent years aside, that’s a solid line-up — as it is Ratner, who will forever be “the guy who crapped all over X-Men: The Last Stand.”
Keep that in mind as you read these next words: Ratner’s Tower Heist looks like a hoot. It’s not the most imaginative title in the world, and I’d much rather see this movie’s original pitch (a “black Ocean’s 11“), but the hijinx that ensue in the newly released trailer are at the very least entertaining. Also, as someone who grew up watching Beverly Hills Cop and the ever-glorious The Golden Child, I’d really like to see Eddie Murphy be funny again.