Also opening this weekend is the adult themed Last Vegas. Now by adult I don’t mean porn, I mean a movie actually made for adults, like real grown up people. From the film’s official synopsis:
Starring four legends like you’ve never seen them before, Last Vegas tells the story of Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam (played by Academy Award®-winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline), best friends since childhood. When Billy, the group's sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it’s these four who are taking over Vegas.
The film also stars Mary Steenburgen, Romany Malco and Jerry Ferrara.
You can call Last Vegas a few different things. The Hangover for the AARP crowd would work. One giant excuse to get 4 great actors together and have fun would also work. A movie for parents and grandparents who want to go to the theater and see something that isn’t animated or have comic book characters in it is also acceptable.
That’s what Last Vegas is, it’s simply a movie for adults, older adults. Each actor plays a character that is actually age appropriate for them to play. What a novel idea! You have 4 of the best actors in the game playing characters that viewers that age can relate to in situations that they can relate to. There’s talk about their pills, their metal hips, not having sex like they used to and the one friend who still isn’t acting his age. My parents’ friends (who are in their 60s) are looking forward to seeing this. They go to the movies often and this is one they wanted to see. It’s perfect for them and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Now you don’t have to be in your 60s to enjoy the film. I liked it overall and found myself laughing more than expected. Morgan Freeman is the wild card in the group, the one who is allowed to get the most laughs. Robert DeNiro and Michael Douglas aren’t speaking to each other at the beginning and Kevin Kline gets a “Get Out of Jail Free” card if you know what I’m saying. Obviously these guys have a natural, flawless chemistry together and the film works because of that. There’s too much talent involved for this to not work the way it’s supposed to.
But beyond these guys, the supporting cast is good too. Jerry Ferrara (of Entourage fame) plays the young punk of today, but is told one thing about the foursome and he changes his ways. Mary Steenburgen plays a lounge singer and object of affection for one or maybe two characters and it’s a solid supporting role for Romany Malco. You can tell he had fun working with these guys.
Push comes to shove, Last Vegas isn’t anything original. There’s lots of Viagra jokes, old men jokes, not being able to keep up jokes and all that, but the crowd that’s going to see it will like it. They will reminisce about their childhood friends and their place in the world and what they would do with one last weekend together. If you saw The Big Chill in theaters, you’ll like this one in theaters now.