DIRECTED BY: Jon Turteltaub
WRITTEN BY: Dan Fogelman
STARRING: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline
RATING: 3.5 stars
Last Vegas has been described by many people as The Hangover for the elderly and that is a pretty good description, although I enjoyed it even more - and I'm from Generation Y. Last Vegas is still incredibly funny, but it is also a cleaner sense of humour than The Hangover, while still being wild enough to stay true to Sin City's reputation. It helps that the cast includes some of the most revered actors in Hollywood, who may be getting older, but still know how to poke fun at themselves, even if many of the jokes are predictable. Although the film starts to wean towards the end, once all the "old people" jokes have been made and the sentimentality starts to creep in, Last Vegas is still a very fun film that will make you laugh a lot.
Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert DeNiro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. When life-long bachelor Billy proposes to his much younger girlfriend (Bre Blair), the four men visit Las Vegas for a wild bachelor party. But when they arrive at Sin City, they soon realise things have changed along the strip and with their friendships.
Douglas has had a career resurgence recently and he plays the cool Billy very well. DeNiro takes on the role of a "grumpy old man" but that is mostly because he is a widower missing his love. Freeman is goofy and hilarious with some great moments as the divorced grandfather living with his over-protective son. Kline rounds out the lead cast as the man who has such an understanding wife that she wants him to have a one-night stand in Vegas but to not tell her about it. He has some of the more outrageous and sleazy lines, but he is great in the role. Mary Steenburgen has a role as a Vegas lounge singer and she is a welcome addition in an odd love triangle. It is also good to see Jerry Ferrara in a funny role that is not Entourage.
Last Vegas is sure to be a success among older audiences, but it is still a film that younger people can enjoy. I doubt, however, that we will see a Hangover-style sequel.