OUTTAKES REPORT CARD
MOVIE: LAST VEGAS
This film provides all the elements missing from the dreaded “Hangover” series. Director Jon Turteltaub directs an all-star cast in a geriatric version of the standard set up of a bachelor party in Vegas. Think “Hangover”, but with a better cast and a lot more heart.
Billy, realizing his advancing years, opts to marry a woman less than half his age. He invites his childhood posse to Las Vegas to relive old times and share one more night in raucous reunion. Writer Dan Folgelman pens likable characters and obtuse situations.
You can’t beat the cast. Michael Douglas is Billy, a swinging jet-setter who is fearful of his advancing years. His best friend is Paddy, played by Robert DeNiro. They have always tangled over women. Paddy is like the Fonzie of the group. Kevin Kline is Sam and Morgan Freeman is Archie providing common man and yoda-like counseling, respectively. All actors are in top form.
Unless a comedy is grandiose slapstick, it does not require commendable aspects of technology. Editor David Rennie paces the film well; though Sam’s sudden conscience scene is a bit too maudlin. Cinematographer David Hennings provides yeoman duty, yet his shots of the Vegas clubs are noteworthy.
KEY SECENES TO LOOK FOR:
- THE CLUB
- THE PARTY
“Last Vegas” is similar to the “Bucket List” in its approach to humor. It has, however, a more upbeat conclusion. It’s basically a redo of “The Hangover”, but this time, it’s done correctly. A far more intelligent comedy.
FINAL GRADE: B