Thursday, October 17, 2013

Review: Last Vegas

Release date: October 18, 2013
Running time: 105 minutes
Starring: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen
Who to see it with: A hangover fan that wants a little more age in their jokes


Last Vegas follows four old friends as they attempt to throw an epic bachelor party for the last single member of the group. What follows is a series of antics as the friends try to be young again while dealing with their advanced age. This is complicated by a rift that has formed between two of them, which leads to some awkward situations as they work out their differences. The movie has a powerhouse cast with the friends being played by Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro . . . and Kevin Kline. Surprisingly, Kline is the funniest of the group and although he has a kind of annoying story line, he seems to be the most natural and likable of the four. Douglas, De Niro, and Freeman are great as usual, if a bit stiff at times, and the entire cast feels like a bunch of old friends enjoying the town.

I went into Last Vegas expecting a Hangover with more geriatric jokes, and although there are plenty of those, they are pretty clever and mixed in with some non-age related funnies. I thought the entire movie would revolve around age, but thankfully that's not the only act in this Vegas show. Yes, age is definitely a big part of the film's humor, but the crew also deals with issues related to their friendship, relationships, and difficult events that have happened in their lives. And, most importantly, the movie has some genuinely funny moments and some interesting cameos to keep you entertained. If you are looking for a Vegas movie with a lot less raunchiness than the Hangover, this would be something to check out. 

Rent it.

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