Starring: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline , Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco, Joanna Gleason, Michael Ealy, Bre Blair
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
Run Time: 105 mins
Opens November 1st
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
Another film opening this week is a comedy for the older generation but hopefully will be able to attract the younger crowd. Can the combination of four amazing actors be the right formula for box office success?
Billy(Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. They have been through thick and thin, even dubbing themselves the “Flatbush Four” and no one messes with the four. As kids, Billy and Paddy were in love with the same girl, Sophie. Paddy eventually won the girl and Billy remained a bachelor until now.
Realizing his own mortality, Billy proposed to his much younger girlfriend Lisa (Bre Blair) during a friends funeral. This event has been 58 years in the making, so Sam and Archie were not about to let Billy get hitched without having a bachelor party of his own, especially when he’s getting married in Las Vegas?!
Getting Paddy to agree to attend Billy’s bachelor party will be a much more difficult task for Archie and Sam to achieve. Paddy has been angry with Billy fr the past year for not showing up to his late wife’s funeral. Over the past year, Billy has been the angry old man that sits at home in his robe, pining away for his deceased wife. Archie and Sam pretty much drag him to Vegas under false pretenses.
When Billy and Paddy come face to face, the tension is thick but will a mishap at the hotel be the saving grace of the weekend? A beautiful lounge singer named Diana (Mary Steenburgen) may be the one to bring the two men back together, but will the group be able to behave themselves in one last weekend in Sin City?
It’s always fun to see dramatic actors take a turn in a comedic role, and with these four legendary actors, this film is no exception. Kline (A Fish Called Wanda, In & Out) and De Niro (Meet The Parents) have done comedic roles with pizazz, but to see Douglas and Freeman in such relaxed, light-hearted roles is such a delight to partake. For those that have traveled to Vegas, you may recognize the familiar sights such as the street flyer distributors, the drunken college students, bachelor and bachelorette parties, the extravagant pool parties and club goers. What this film does well is mixing the older generation’s memory of Vegas and incorporating the younger crowd, mixing them so that both generations will be entertained. The best ways to compare this to as if “The Hangover” meets “Space Cowboys” and “Old Dogs”. Be sure to catch “Last Vegas” when it opens in theaters starting Friday November 1, 2013.