Four elderly former wiseguys: Bobby Bartellemeo (Richard Dreyfuss), Joey “Bats” Pistella (Burt Reynolds), Mike “The Brick” Donatelli (Dan Hedaya) and Tony “Mouth” Donato (Seymour Cassel), face eviction from the semi-squalor of their ratty senior citizen residence. Management’s plans for renovations of the building, to force higher rents and attract a classier clientele, are squeezing the geezers out. Although in the sunset of their years, they hatch a seemingly simple scheme to save their retirement hotel. Comedy and chaos collide when the elderly GoodFellas’ caper goes awry and inadvertently entangles a paranoid drug lord who is convinced he’s about to be rubbed out by a mysterious gangland rival.
Meant as black comedy about aging wiseguys, this disappointing and often depressing film simply serves to remind viewers that the elderly are outliving their financial resources. It does contain a few yaks, but the screenplay fails to ignite. And the characters are not very likable. After all, these guys made their living outside the law and beat up anybody who objected. “Bats” got his nickname because he used to use a bat to beat his victims. In his cantankerous years he bullies anyone that gets on his nerves. How are we supposed to like a guy like that?