The Laughs are on Life Support in Last Vegas
- Friday, November 01, 2013
DVD Release Date: January 28, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: November 1, 2013
Rating: PG-13 (sexual content and language)
Run Time: 105 min.
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Cast: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara
Like another recent colossal misfire The Counselor, Last Vegas is yet another instance where a slew of A-list talent still can't save a movie from being a total stinker. Already nicknamed "the geriatric equivalent of The Hangover," that's actually a pretty generous comparison considering how thoroughly uninspired the laughs are. For as much as The Hangover pushed the boundaries of good taste, its wacky, madcap sensibilities still kept viewers guessing.
In Last Vegas, the comedy is not only on life support to begin with (jokes about achy knees, troubles with modern technology and Viagra get old in a hurry), but the affable likes of Morgan Freeman (Now You See Me), Michael Douglas (Haywire), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook) and Kevin Kline (No Strings Attached) actually look downright bored for the duration. Save for a strong but all-too-brief supporting turn from Mary Steenburgen (Four Christmases) as the lounge singer that Billy (Douglas) and Paddy (De Niro) both fall for, never have the bright lights of Vegas looked so dim.
No doubt, everyone deals with aging and mortality a little differently, and for a group of childhood friends known as "the Flatbush Four," retirement has been challenging and disappointing. While giving the eulogy at his mentor's funeral, Billy, the perpetual playboy, begins to realize how short life truly is. Instead of using those feelings as a springboard for meaningful contemplation, however, he impulsively decides to propose to his girlfriend (who is a good 30+ younger, naturally) in the middle of remembering his friend. Yes, nothing says true love like proposing at a funeral, but ditzy Lisa (Bre Blair, TV's Two and a Half Men) couldn't be more excited about planning their quickie wedding in Vegas.
Of course, this little plot convenience is what inevitably sets the film's "Main Event" into motion. After phoning his longtime pals Sam (Kline) and Archie (Freeman) with his engagement news, they guys offer to send him off in style with a wild bachelor party. Since Sam is bored with married life in Florida and Archie's overprotective son has been driving him nuts since his recent stroke, it's the seemingly perfect excuse for a little escapist fun. But the Flatbush Four's reunion wouldn’t be complete with Paddy, of course. But since Billy and Paddy have been estranged (turns out, Billy skipped out on Paddy's wife's funeral a year before), Sam and Archie have also been tasked with convincing Paddy to be part of the festivities.
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