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Last Vegas brings Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline together for the first time in one film. They play a group of 60-somethings who throw a bachelor party in Sin City for their last single friend.

The Players:

  • Director: Jon Turtletaub
  • Screenwriter: Dan Fogelman
  • Cast: Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline, Robert DeNiro, Mary Steenburgen
  • Cinematography By: David Hennings
  • Original Music By: Mark Mothersbaugh

The Plot:

Last Vegas tells the story of life-long friends Billy (Douglas), Paddy (DeNiro), Archie (Freeman) and Sam (Kline) who reunite for a bachelor party. After Billy (Douglas) proposes to his young girlfriend at a funeral, the gang puts aside their differences and have a last hurrah. What ensues is a classy good time filled with both funny and heartwarming moments.

The Good:

  • The Story: At its core, Last Vegas is about the love between friends. When Billy decides to get married, the gang leaves their retired state to help send him off. They don’t hold his choice for a bride against him but still totally bust his balls. The reunion is seamless. It’s as if no time has passed at all. Another strong point, is the history between Billy and Paddy, who in their youth had a love triangle that resulted in Paddy marrying the girl and Billy living as a bachelor. That is until decades later, when they’re reunited in Vegas.
  • Vegas Shenanigans: Many Vegas-centric films put their leads through unbelievable misadventures that generally go for shock value. In this case, the characters are offered some of the city’s forbidden fruits but the experiences make them closer. It gives them clarity about it not being too late to really live.
  • Morgan Freeman: When is he not a bad-ass? He is a total surprise here. They end up getting a room that would have been 50 Cent’s and have a crazy party. Freeman is hilarious when he’s filled with Vodka-Red Bulls and allowed to go wild.
  • Friendship: The ease the cast had with each other really shined through. When problems between Paddy and Billy are presented in the opening, you understand that despite some bad blood they always stick together. The moment they meet again they revert to their old ways. Even when they address their issues, you see the love between them. It’s something that can speak to people of all ages.

The So-So:

  • Outdated Pop-Culture: The big names of who kids listen to these days aren’t quite relevant. They include the guys behind “Party Rock”—wasn’t that a thing two years ago? 50 cent is the big celebrity? Okay.
  • The Love Triangle: When Paddy and Billy get to Vegas it’s as if the past repeats itself when they fall for the same club singer (Steenburgen). The conflict of the story then bases itself around whether Billy will make the same self-sacrificing choices again. It seemed unbelievable that they’d be in that same situation again.
  • The Age-Jokes: A lot of the jokes related to Billy’s fianceé being a baby or needing a babysitter were overdone. There are genuine humorous moments but those jokes were overkill.

Overall:

Last Vegas is a heartwarming story about the bonds of friendship. This movie took its characters on a wild journey that brought them closer to each other and while it’s said, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” the memories they made will stay with them forever.

The Rating: 8/10

Last Vegas opens in theaters today!

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 Will you be seeing Last Vegas this weekend?