Director: Jon Turteltaub
Writer: Dan Fogelman
Stars: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman with Joanna Gleason, Jerry Ferrara, Mary Steenburgen, Romany Malco, and Roger Bart
Production Companies: CBS Films, Gidden Media, Good Universe, Produced with the participation of Outlaw Sinema
Starring four legends like you’ve never seen them before, LAST VEGAS tells the story of Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam (played by Academy-Award® winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline), best friends since childhood. When Billy, the group’s sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it’s these four who are taking over Vegas. http://lastvegasmovie.com/
Disclosure: Blogger Rental: My husband and I watched this movie via PayPerView on Thursday, January 30.
Las Vegas = an adult Disneyworld. Any time Hollywood wants to show characters “letting loose,” and “freedom from social convention” they end up in Las Vegas, because — well you know why — “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” While I doubt it is true the very make up of the popular mythological Las Vegas makes it the immoral pleasure planet or Sodom and Gomorrah.
This movie’s pleasure seekers are a group of four friends nearing 70. They were the Flatbush Four in the 1950s, and were apparently loyal pals but very different. Douglas’ character is getting married and they all decide to head to Las Vegas for a bachelor party weekend.
The film franchise “THE HANGOVER” started out there. And it may have gotten someone thinking, “What if we did that but with older guys?” A few years later you get LAST VEGAS.
I don’t know if that’s how it happened but it feels pretty much like that and in the way of the marketplace things seem to work this way. It’s not a direct parallel, but more like another buddy film set in Las Vegas.
My husband said the movie got him thinking about how we age. Kevin Kline plays Sam, whose wife gives him carte blanche while he’s off on his own in Sin City. A retiree, he and his wife have moved to Florida and are surrounded by people much older than they are. He is not happy there. My husband points out that it would be hard to explain the nature of what he discovers about his feelings for his wife without having a long marriage. But, the epiphany he experiences is entirely personal.
Michael Douglas’ appearance was a bit of a shock to me. He is really thin after his cancer treatment and when did Kevin Kline get so old?
Morgan Freeman’s character, Archie, has a familial paradigm shift as he has to come to grips with living in an extended family situation with his son.
There’s a lot of bad blood between Michael Douglas’ character Billy (a Hollywood mogul) and Robert DeNiro’s, Paddy, and these characters get the most growth as they come to grips with a lifelong love of Paddy’s late wife.
There isn’t a lot of challenge to the acting. The scenes are all short with lots of site gags and montages, including makeovers where the guys shake off the fuddy-duddies and get cool. But the short scenes also make for a choppy feeling even with all the laughs. It also makes the film move quickly and it is funny enough to offset boredom.
And there are a lot of good laughs. It feels a little bit like a Neil Simon movie; by which reference I automatically date myself and anyone who gets it. I kept expecting Alan Alda to pop up in a cameo.
It made me want to get back to Las Vegas too.
In the end, the film is a romance and a buddy picture, so it is a good choice for both genders and maybe even as a date night movie, and there’s nothing so racy you couldn’t watch it with friends or even parents. Parents should note there’s a lot of innuendo. I am glad I waited for it to come out on video and PPV though, it doesn’t need the big screen. It merits a recommend – high recommend rating especially for people in my age demographic (mumble, mumble to mumble, mumble, mumble).
Have you or will you see LAST VEGAS?? Does a movie like this appeal to you?
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