Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman battle each other to find out who is top dog at a retirement village. What could go wrong?
Duke Diver (Morgan Freeman) juggles three women, has an amazing short game and manages the trendiest retirement village in California, but he’s about to be taken off his pedestal when a former military man, Leo (Tommy Lee Jones) arrives. As the women announce, there is new meat on the buffet.
Everyone has a secret… Duke is in witness protection after squealing on the mob, Renee Russo’s character, Suzie, is sent by corporate to fire Duke for inappropriate use of funds and Leo wants to buy the property and turn it into a mall. When the mob sets its sights on Duke, Leo and Suzie are caught in the middle of the mess.
The one-up-manship between Duke and Leo goes from the golf course to the limbo line. Each man trying to prove that they are the big dog and that the other should step aside. Duke is more interested in keeping his lady’s man lifestyle while Leo is more interested in winning Suzie’s heart. Along the way, the two men forge a friendship in order to keep the community safe from the mob.
Meant to be a partner comedy movie along the veins of Men in Black and Lethal Weapon, Just Getting Started falls flat. Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman lack the chemistry to make this a bromance. They seem more tired than funny. And Renee Russo appears as whiny and weak…so unlike what a corporate “fixer” would be. All the potential is there, but the whole movie falls flat. This is a movie I would wait to see on television rather than spending the money and time to see it this holiday season.
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