Disguised as a re-coming of age story for the baby boomer generation, Last Vegas plays an an advertisement bringing older people to Vegas. This creates an interesting dichotomy between a fun sin city promotion and a bromance all ages relate to. Yeah, some of the jokes are about the issues people deal with when they are older, but when you put together a group of Hollywood icons, even those on the young end of the audience spectrum don’t have an excuse to not know who they are.
Morgan Freeman (Oblivion), Robert De Niro (The Family), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) and Kevin Kline (No Strings Attached) show that The Hangover’s wolf pack’s second and third outing has nothing on them as they party like college students in Vegas’s Aria hotel. All the stereotypes are present with Douglas preparing to marry a girl in her 20s, De Niro being his usual uptight self, Freeman doing whatever he wants, and Kline pursuing a sexual fantasy.
Last Vegas brings nothing new to the buddy comedy genre, it just does a good job of exploiting old tropes. It is much classier than The Hangover, but also very common place. A little drama, old people affairs with Mary Steenburgen (The Help), and some classic actors make this average movie a safe movie to take the family.
By: Jonny Havey | Editor-in-Chief