The late movie critic Gene Siskel used to have a yardstick for movies: "Is this film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch?"
When you have three acclaimed, Oscar-winning stars — Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin — with a combined life experience of more than 246 years, Siskel's lunch rule may be an impossibly high bar for a light-fingered caper comedy like "Going in Style" to meet. But that doesn't mean the movie doesn't benefit considerably from those actors' charms.
Joe (Caine), Willie (Freeman) and Albert (Arkin) are retired steelworkers living in Brooklyn. Joe lives with his daughter Rachel (Maria Dizzia) and his razor-sharp granddaughter Brooklyn (Joey King), getting by on Rachel's paycheck and Joe's pension. Willie and Albert live as roommates across the street in a house paid for by their combined pensions.