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One of four best friends is getting married, and what do you do for your sixty year old friend for his bachelor party? That’s right; you take him to Las Vegas! So, four best friends head to Las Vegas to have the time of their lives in their golden age. And funny times abound.
I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. Watching the trailers, I immediately said that this is a geriatric version of Hangover. Yes, this is a movie about four people heading to Las Vegas to have a bachelor party, but that is where the storyline forks. Where in Hangover, you get the whole “we were drugged and need to backtrack what we did last night,” in Last Vegas, we get four old friends enjoying themselves in Las Vegas and having an adventure.
You also have an underlying storyline as well were Paddy (Robert de Niro) has lost his wife over a year ago and has become that grumpy old man who can’t find anything good in the world around him. Paddy also holds resentment towards Billy (Michael Douglas) for not attending the funeral of his wife, Sophie. So throughout the movie, we have this anger in play from Paddy to Billy because Billy hasn’t taken the time to explain or at least give a good enough explanation to appease Paddy during his sorrow.
We have Archie (Morgan Freeman) who has suffered a minor stroke and whose son won’t let him have a life, fearing that if he strains himself too much, he will have another episode. Archie, driven by the frustration of being cooped up in his house, not allowed to do anything, sneaks away to attend Billy’s bachelor party and wedding, intending to have the time of his life. Without Archie, the gang would not really be able to do some of the things that they get done. Archie took money out of his pension and put it down on the blackjack table. His friends were worried that he would blow it all and have nothing left, but alas, that is not how movies work; instead, Archie wins $102,000 which, of course, puts him on the casinos radar. So now, Archie is comped a hotel room and given a VIP liaison who is to provide them with anything they could possible need.
Sam (Kevin Kline) is the stereotypical old-timer that moved to Florida. All of his friends around him are stuck in a rut doing the same old things over and over again until they die. Sam wants more, and his wife knows this; when Sam heads over to Vegas, his wife gives him a hall pass, and Sam is intent on finding some young, hot woman to use it on.
As stated, this movie surprised me because I thought it was pretty much going to be a rehash of Hangover with an older cast, but there are some really funny and enjoyable moments in this film. One of the things I hate is seeing these actors play these geriatric old timers when they are the guys I grew up watching—it makes me feel old!
If you are looking for something funny to see in this sea of Marvel movies and Oscar-caliber films, then this is the movie for you. It is not the funniest movie of 2013, but it is probably in my top 10 of the year right now, so go out and have a laugh.
Release Date: November 1, 2013
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Writers: Adam Brooks and Dan Fogelman (screenplay)
Starring: Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco, Roger Bart