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Just Getting Started (2017)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 8 December 2017 (USA)
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A two-hander action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run (1988), about an ex-F.B.I. Agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program (Morgan Freeman) having to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit.



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A two-hander action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run (1988), about an ex-F.B.I. Agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program (Morgan Freeman) having to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit.

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Action | Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for language, suggestive material and brief violence | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

8 December 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Villa Capri  »

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Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,201,459, 10 December 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,973,430, 21 December 2017
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tommy Lee Jones played Harvey Dent (Two-Face) in Batman Forever (1995), while Morgan Freeman played Lucius Fox in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy. In addition, Rene Russo was sought for the role of Dr. Chase Meridian in Batman Forever (1995), before Michael Keaton dropped out. See more »


When Suzie is tied up in the back of the van, the rope changes position from around her arm, to over her shoulder, back to around her arm. See more »


Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Just Getting Started (2017) See more »


Joy to the World
Written by George Frideric Handel & Isaac Watts
Arranged by Daniel Indart & Xocoyotzin Herrera
Performed by Mariachi La Estrella
Courtesy of LMS Records
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The Cowboy, the Playboy and the Career Woman
16 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

"Just Getting Started" explores the interactions of the 'cowboy' Leo (Tommy Lee Jones), the 'playboy' Duke (Morgan Freeman) and the 'career woman' Suzie (Rene Russo) as they find themselves in the luxury resort community Villa Capri. Leo acts like he owns the place although it's Duke's official fief. Suzie is a bit standoffish in her mysterious work role. The plot develops slowly at first while the movie gets started.

Alfred Hitchcock employed the term MacGuffin to refer to a device introduced to move the plot along although of itself it is not significant to said plot, or at least not fully explained. Here the MacGuffin is what a student of the Proverbs might term a recurring tornado: ref. (Prov. 10:25) "As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation" The whirlwind is like the New Jersey mob in its devastation, gone once the law puts it out of business, using a good citizen's testimony, which qualifies him for the witness protection program where he can peacefully put down roots. Leo is such a one prospering in his adopted surroundings while keeping a low exterior profile. Alas for a T.V. clip that blows his cover ("The s.o.b. is in Palm Springs!") His discovery leads to complications ("They found me.")

The action is set during the few days leading up to Christmas. The music comes in fits and starts, with an emphasis occurring on the line: "God and sinners reconciled." Duke's sinful life consists of: "Sex, booze, and golf"--golf like many other of Duke's games includes wagers, gambling. The movie carefully avoids any religious conversion, but Duke's competition with well-heeled Leo leaves him no time for sex. World-wise Leo in fact takes on the role of guardian angel helping him avoid sin and more pragmatic dangers. Suzie whose "final marriage is my job" is sexless like the Virgin Mary, and she will exert a restraining, sobering influence on the Duke. As is pointed out, the wise men couldn't have got to Bethlehem without those camels, so could not the Christ child have arrived without Mary. Duke to win a combination play against Leo makes his final move where "his knees touched the floor." That's a common enough occurrence of those who pray, although here the movie just imitates aspects of the religious without actually going there.

The movie was shot on location in New Mexico. It includes a guest appearance of and performance by Johnny Mathis. We get great comedic acting, enough suspense to keep us alert, a modicum of background Christmassy emblems (without forcing religion), and some genuine shoot-'em-up action. It's a well done flick and should provide an alternative to the sorry Christmas fare that gets overly saccharine.

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