Saturday, October 26, 2013
Movie review: Old timers in Last Vegas are more fun than The Hangover
This film isn't just for old fogies.
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 30-something girlfriend. Since Billy has always been there 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.
The movie also stars Jena Sims, Mary Steenburgen, Weronika Rosati, Liza Clark, Autumn Dial, Jerry Ferrara, Danielle Andrade, Romany Malco, Roger Bart and Bre Blair.
RATING8/10 stars — A boon to all the older movie going crowd and downright funny for the younger generation who could learn a thing or two.
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 an 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.
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!
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