- Directed by Jon Turteltaub in 2013
- Starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline
Is Last Vegas worth a watch?
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much when I started watching Last Vegas (2013). Prior to watching the film, we made the horrible mistake of doing research and discovered the 46% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. What’s the problem? According to Rotten Tomatoes, Last Vegas is “mostly a mellower Hangover retread for the older set.” After viewing Last Vegas, I can admit that it’s an enjoyable film. It’s not action-packed or incredibly insightful, but it’s filled to the rim with A-List stars with a fun and quirky sense of humor.
The plot follows four friends, trying to adjust to life in their 70s (age wise). With news of an impending wedding, they meet up to party in Las Vegas. It’s a simple premise, so no wonder people were expecting a rehash of the Hangover. But the story actually didn’t remind us that movie. Sure, there’s a lot of predictable moments but at the end of the day, it just matters how they execute it. The primary focus is the ‘fish out of water’ element with four suburban-ish old guys in Las Vegas. The secondary focus is that it’s never too late to have fun.
It’s great to see Kevin Kline and Michael Douglas again. There’s a great scene where Kevin Kline’s character realizes how much he cares about his wife — but then utters something totally unexpected to a potential love interest. Like always, Morgan Freeman is full of mellow wisdom and Robert De Niro is our favorite mild mannered wiseguy.
Overall, Last Vegas is an underrated film. But if you happen to to be chilling on the couch surfing through Netflix, it’s definitely a great choice.
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