Movie Review : Last Vegas

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Billy (Douglas), Paddy (De Niro), Archie (Freeman) and Sam (Kline) have been best  friends for 60 years. Paddy is still mourning the death of his wife Sophia, pining away for her in their Brooklyn apartment. Archie has recently suffered a stroke so is on (well-meaning) house arrest by his son and daughter in law. Sam is feeling the 40 year itch after being married…..well 40 years to the lovely Miriam (Gleason).

So when Billy, the last remaining single man among them, calls and tells his buddys he is finally getting married ….. and yes of course it’s to a woman more than half his age….. an impromptu bachelor party is organised for the following weekend.

Billy is getting married in Vegas so where else would they hold it but Vegas.

The friends all meet up at the airport Vegas and with Billy off attending to his pre-wedding duties, the other 3 promptly hit the card tables. Archie seems intent on spending the remainder of his pension/super proceeds with some interesting results.

There is long-standing tension between Paddy and Billy and this is heightened when they both seem to fall for Las Vegas lounge singer Diana (Steenburgen). Diana is a breath of fresh air. A wonderfully smart and beautiful woman who is leaving behind an unsatisfying life to follow her dreams. And she is age appropriate for our modern-day rat pack. Yes, yes YES!!!

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The foursome are comped into a VIP suite with their own private butler type person who can tend to their every need. It doesn’t take long before the hi-jinks start and they let their hair down and start partying like its 1975.

With these 4 mega stars as the leads in a movie about a bachelor party in Las Vegas, you would think you are onto a surefire winner. And it is funny and it does have it’s  moments. But for all the talent on offer, the script lets them all down and that talent goes mostly to waste.

For example …..

The 4 are chosen as judges for a spring break type bikini competition. Now I have nothing against bikini competitions in Vegas but really…..they couldn’t have come up with something a little more intelligent and witty? You have 4 of the most respected and talented actors on the entire planet and all you can do is shove them on some chairs and have them judge scantily clad women. Give me a break….

When this movie nails it, it nails it perfectly. The deep and complicated relationships the 4 men share are believable and genuine. There are some truly great moments such as Archie trying a red bull vodka for the first time….. he aptly describes it as feeling like he is getting drunk and being electrocuted at the same time. Then he dances. Brilliant!

I liked this movie a lot but was a little disappointed that all this acting talent …. the 4 men and the glorious Steenburgen ….. went to waste. It is doing well at the box office….as it should. This is a great movie for dates and friends alike. Make sure you see it and ignore my bleating about bikini competitions 😛

Love Flick xx

Director :   Jon Turteltaub

Starring :  Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Romany Malco, Jerry Ferrara, Joanna Gleason

Running Time :  105 minutes

Release Date :  6 February, 2014

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