Last Vegas (2013)
Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been thick as thieves since childhood. Childhood however was almost 60 years ago. Now they are just a group of “old” guys who expect every phone call to be about either the death of a friend or what ailment they have contracted due to old age. Things look up though when Billy calls to say he is getting married to his thirty-something girlfriend. Since Billy has always been their for the guys, Archie and Sam decide they need to have a bachelor party for Billy. The trick is getting Paddy there who is still mourning the death of his wife and seems perpetually angry at the world and more particularly with Billy. As four men reunite in Vegas they discover a lot has changed but that doesn’t stop them from taking Vegas by storm and in a style all their own. Also starring Jena Sims, Mary Steenburgen, Weronika Rosati, Liza Clark, Autumn Dial, Jerry Ferrara, Danielle Andrade, Romany Malco, Roger Bart, Bre Blair.
Last Vegas has been described by some as the AARP version of The Hangover but the reality is it is far better than The Hangover (especially the most recent one) because it assumes and intelligent audience. I knew going in to see Last Vegas that the point probably wasn’t to make a great movie but for these four older actors to do something fun, before they don’t get another opportunity. If you expect that you will be pleasantly surprised by a rather intelligent film that has real plot and isn’t completely about four old men taking on Vegas one last time. On top of this the four well-known and well-respected actors pull off a fabulous laugh out loud comedy. I am rather surprised this wasn’t a summer release because it certainly deserves to be one. I enjoyed every minute of Last Vegas. The four characters and actors are adorable. Yup, adorable. Not a word I would typically use to describe a film but it sure fits here. The pedigree of actors, particularly Morgan Freeman, is put to good use in making you laugh. This is proof positive that the older crowd in Hollywood can still bring it and teach the younger generation a thing or two. This is certainly a film that everyone should see – adults that is. I can’t wait to see it a second time and that is a rare thing with the movies currently gracing the box office. You just can’t help but feel good after seeing this movie and you will walk out of the theater with a big smile and a renewed respect for Douglas, Freeman, De Niro and Kline. You go guys!!
8/10 – A boon to all the older movie going crowd and downright funny for the younger generation who could learn a thing or two.
When I first saw previews for Last Vegas, it reminded me of another “fun” film featuring 4 older actors making a movie “just because” and that movie is Wild Hogs. Last Vegas delivers as the previews show being both funny and enjoyable (although not as funny as my wife may think) and does its job well. I would like to point out that the story isn’t what I expected as it has more depth than I would have thought. This opens up the movie to be emotional and dramatic. This is why I said the movie wasn’t as funny because the comedic moments battle the heartfelt ones. The 4 guys have great chemistry together and Kevin Kline was my favorite as the extra funny old guy looking for someone to use his Viagra with. Last Vegas may not be award winning or even a contender for “Top of the year” marks, but it surprised me with its depth and emotional investment. The older crowd may appreciate this more than people under 40, but younger people will like it just the same. Do I recommend seeing this movie? YES, but maybe wait for rental…
7/10 Stars – More heartfelt and dramatic than I expected, but sadly not as funny as I was hoping for.
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