Title: Last Vegas (Official Site)
Tag Line: Its going to be legendary
Release Date: 01 Nov 2013
Runtime: 105 min
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Where Seen: Theater (screening)
Production Company: CBS Films
Distributed By: CBS Films
Director(s): Jon Turteltaub
Writer(s): Dan Fogelman
Stars: Michael Douglas (Billy), Robert De Niro (Paddy), Morgan Freeman (Archie), Kevin Kline (Sam), Mary Steenburgen (Diana), Jerry Ferrara (Dean), Romany Malco (Lonnie)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
LAST VEGAS is one of those films that I was on the fence about initially and then I began to see previews for it and they always managed to make me laugh. That plus the star studded cast had me jumping to go to a screening when a friend of mine got tickets. I was a little bored in the opening scene, which is set when the 4 friends are young boys and groaned a little thinking this would be one of those long biopic sort of films that flash to different ages of the friends and have very little to do with the previews. Fortunately, the opening scene was just a short thing and used as a way to show this life long bond between Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline).
The movie quickly flashes forward to present day and the friends have all lived full lives and are mostly retired. When a good friend of Billy’s dies it leads him to realize he’s not getting any younger and so proposes to his much younger girlfriend. Sam and Archie then decide that Billy needs an epic bachelor party like the ones he threw for all of them when they got married and so they all plan to head to Las Vegas. The viewer quickly learns that there is now some bad blood between Paddy and Billy but Sam and Archie concoct a plan to convince Paddy to go.
One of my favorite scenes from the previews is Archie’s escape scene in which Morgan Freeman jumps out of a window and it looks to be really high initially but is barely a story high. I also loved the build up to that moment as well. Archie is not living with his son (who is married with a baby) and there is quite the roll reversal. Its as if Archie is a wayward teen in need of constant supervision and not the parent. So it was fun watching him use various tricks to sneak out of the house.
All the cast did an amazing job in their roles and I loved how they all played off of each other. There were tons of one liners throughout LAST VEGAS and they all delivered them impeccably…which I expected from such a star studded cast. LAST VEGAS is well written and extremely well acted and while there are things that are predictable those moments never take away from the enjoyment of the film. LAST VEGAS is a great movie and shows that you can still have fun and adventure no matter what your age. LAST VEGAS is a comedy but there are also some great sentimental and more serious scenes scattered throughout that just add to the realism of the story.
If you enjoyed THE HANGOVER then chances are good that you will enjoy LAST VEGAS. While the events in LAST VEGAS are more tame you can see how the friends in THE HANGOVER would grow up to be the ones in this movie.
My recommendation: Worth seeing on the big screen, but also great for repeated DVD watching on the couch.