Just Getting Started

The kindest thing one can say about this flaccid comedy, the latest in a string about rambunctious geezers, is that a bucket list doesn’t figure into it. Morgan Freeman plays a former mob lawyer installed by the Witness Protection Program as a resident manager at a luxury Palm Springs retirement complex; Tommy Lee Jones costars as his hypercompetitive golf adversary, an ex-military man turned wealthy entrepreneur, and Rene Russo is the woman they both desire. Writer-director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump) wastes the actors’ talents, his screenplay full of cardboard characters but devoid of laughs, and for all the talk about sex, none is shown onscreen. The producers must think this drivel is what their senior target audience wants, but only someone who’s lost an appetite for real life could find any entertainment in it.