Did you ever wonder what was going to happen to the guys from the Hangover if they went back to Vegas as senior citizens? If so, wonder no more. Last Vegas, while a bit more tame than the Hangover, will still give you a good general idea.
In Last Vegas, four friends Billy (Michael Douglass), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) head off to the city of 1000 vices because Billy is getting married and they want to throw him a bachelor party. What follows are hijinks that are fun, though a bit tame when compared to other Vegas movies. There’s no kidnapping of tigers, no missing groom and no dead hookers. Instead, there are old rivalries and chuckle worthy moments that aren’t exactly laugh out loud.
Freeman is the stand out star, as the sheltered, fragile member of the group looking to get away from his families over protectiveness. When drinking a Red Bull he proclaims “I feel like I’m getting drunk and electrocuted at the same time”. Not too long after that, Archie’s winning at black jack and getting them treated like high rollers. [more…]
There’s a bit of a love triangle, with both Paddy and Billy vying for the attentions of GILF lounge singer Diana (Mary Steenburgen). There’s also a bit of fun with Sam (Kline) who has been given a condom and a Viagra prescription and ordered to have an affair by his wife.
Billy and Paddy are the main focus of the movie, with Archie and Sam playing backup. Needless to say, all four stars shined and no one underplayed their part. I would have expected no less from these four veterans.
However, the movie itself falls a bit flat. It didn’t have the hilarious, side splitting humor of The Hangover. It didn’t have the heart of the Bucket List. It was your standard Vegas movie with senior citizens, that don’t actually look like senior citizens.
This movie is clearly designed to be a crowd pleaser for an older demographic. The jokes mainly center on the pitfalls of growing older, how much young people suck, etc., etc. For the first half of the movie, it’s a chuckle worthy, cute comedy.
Then, it’s like the screenwriter went “oh, crap, the movie is ending soon. I need to squeeze in some drama.” The movie spins around into heart felt talks in an attempt to jerk some tears out of the audience. The drama falls flat because the viewer isn’t expecting it.
Last Vegas is your standard light hearted Vegas movie. It’s not Hangover funny, but there are still some good scenes. The director, Jon Turteltaub, does a decent job with the movie, though I doubt the stars in it needed much direction. This is a movie that is carried by the big name stars in it. These Hollywood veterans take an otherwise forgettable script and turn it into something more. Simply stated, Last Vegas teaches us one very important lesson. Never underestimate the power of good casting.
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