How do you take four great actors, like Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline and Robert De Niro, and make a movie that's below the mark? Well odds are... you can't! Last Vegas is proof of that.
This story starts with a tiny peek into four friends’ friendship as children before transitioning to their 70's, each occupying a world far different from the others. When rich, charming, single Billy (Michael Douglas) realizes that its time he got married to his girlfriend, who is half his age, he rings his two best pals, Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline). They decide to throw Billy a bachelor party. If you have seen any "Vegas Bachelor Party" movies, you know that there is usually one oddball in the pack. Enter Paddy (De Niro), with his everlasting scowl. Paddy holds a grudge against Billy and is totally unwilling to be a part of the Vegas trip, but Archie and Sam—who more than the others need this trip to let them put their worries aside and party in Vegas—devise a plan to change his decision.
Here begins the roller coaster ride called Vegas. For one weekend, these septuagenarians drink, party, and do other crazy things while realizing what’s missing in their lives. The film is not just an hour of flashing lights and music, but a series of events that lead to the group uniting and reminiscing. Still, conflicts arise when Billy and Paddy fall for the same woman, Diana (Mary Steenburgen), resulting in a love triangle just like the one the two friends faced in their childhood.
This movie might seem at first glance like "Hangover 15" (considering they keep coming up with one every 2 years), but it actually surprises you with its depth and content. With veteran actors like these, the humor comes naturally. Complete with "rich guy/young wife" jokes, epic dance moves, and many funny moments, this film proves to be a complete family entertainer. While the story is set in Vegas, there is no nudity, so if you haven't watched a movie with your folks for a long time—and one of them turns out to be a fan of the cast—this is your chance for some family movie time.
Don’t miss this movie. Though it might not be the best comedy movie you’ve ever seen—and it certainly isn’t wilder than The Hangover--Last Vegas packs some surprises and keeps you entertained throughout. Feel good moments are guaranteed.
Catch it on the big screen November 1st.