Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline play four old guys who have been friends since childhood. Of the four, Billy (Douglas) and Paddy (DeNiro) are particularly close - they have similar tastes - but in later life a rift has formed between the two, which presents something of a challenge when the soon-to-be-married Billy decides to round up the old Brooklyn gang for a bachelor party in Vegas. It's trouble getting Paddy there It's trouble getting him to stay there. It's trouble getting him to have fun. This is Last Vegas.Royal Flush
- This movie is probably going to be deemed 'The Hangover with wrinkles' or something along those lines by a lot if people, and there are similarities, but it's actually weirdly more...youthful than that might imply. Way more. The movie opens with the the four friends as little kids and is very committed to recapturing that kind of youthful exuberance, albeit with more of the wrinkles mentioned before, and a lot of jokes that invert traditionally youthful exploits for the pensioner age range. Kevin Kline's Sam is trying to use the permission he has from his wife to cheat on her while in Vegas, which plays along the lines of an early 2000s losing-your-v-card teen comedy, only considerably more mature.
- Along the same lines, Archie (Morgan Freeman) is trying to exert his independence - only he's not rebelling against his parents, he's rebelling against his son, who is overprotective of his ageing father. This mostly works really well, and Archie's escape from his house is one of the highlights of the film when it comes to sight gags, along with two of the films title cards.
- The romantic foil of the movie, who gets caught up between Paddy and Billy, is Diana, played by Clara Clayton herself, Mary Steenburgen. Unfortunately she doesn't get a lot of laughs, but she is very well suited to the part, and (being a woman of a certain age) contrasts nicely with the younger woman Billy is engaged to. She is also awesome because she's Clara Clayton and I hear they names a ravine after her.
- There are two or three younger characters that provide context for all the old people jokes. Jerry Ferrara (Turtle from Entourage) is the young whippersnapper that needs to learn to respect his elders and seek their wisdom. He is really good at playing very unlikeable.
- It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that DeNiro can pull of grumpy old man pretty well, this is pure comfort zone for him at this point, but it's still entertaining if you love you some DeNiro, and the role does present him with unexpected opportunities. Bad Hand
- Last Vegas drags a little, and it's especially egregious because it's a comedy. Pacing is everything.
- Some of the jokes (okay, a lot of the jokes) are very predictable. It has it's fair share of hilarious moments, but you can't overlook that.
- 50 Cent is a pop culture reference in this movie, which feels weird, because it's not 2005. But hey, he co-starred with DeNiro in two of his classic
most critically acclaimed
movies, Righteous Kill and Freelancers, so maybe DeNiro owed him one? It only makes...cents.
- Everyone gets some lovin' except for Morgan Freeman. Not cool.
- I can't decide if that title pun is okay or not.