Four inseparable childhood friends from Brooklyn, New York reunite years later when they're all in their late sixties in "Last Vegas." Billy (Michael Douglas) is getting married in Las Vegas to a woman in her thirties and invites friends Sam (Kevin Kline) and Archie (Morgan Freeman) to join him for the joyous ceremony. While he wants to invite his other friend Paddy (Robert De Niro), the two had a falling out years ago that Paddy still hasn't forgiven Billy for. Sam and Archie decide to throw Billy a bachelor party and drag Paddy along for old time’s sake.
It really doesn't take long for "Last Vegas" to shovel piles of geriatric drivel into your lap. The comedy immediately jumps into really bad jokes revolving around old people including hemorrhoids, prostates, death, hats, and marrying someone half your age. There are so many infant and child related jokes because of Billy marrying a young woman. It loses what little humor it has early on. Kevin Kline may get a few chuckles thanks to his constant pursuit of "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." His blunt demeanor that cuts right to the chase is usually the only highlight the film has to offer.
The ancient comedy does a poor job of making you care about any of the characters. Everyone's so busy trying to relive their glory days and are so self-absorbed that you just kind of drift through the motions. Billy is too blinded by his conceited nature to see clearly, Paddy lets a tragic event in his life ruin what's left of it, Sam spends the entire film attempting to appreciate what he doesn't have rather than what he already does, and Archie just wants to dance, drink, and gamble since his son treats him like a child. It's an attempt at sympathy for these elderly characters since they're obviously mistreated in some capacity, but its presentation ends up coming off like a poor, pitiful me routine leaving you with this overflowing feeling of apathy.
Everything is very cheeky and basically like an older version of "The Hangover." Then about two thirds of the way through, there's this lazy effort at both drama and emotion that feels very forced and only seems to make matters worse. Coping with getting older is a reoccurring theme, but history repeating itself is also another which makes key events in the film extremely predictable.
"Last Vegas" manages to cater strictly to an older crowd. It's like "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" if it was stripped of all its charm and chemistry. Imagine the opening of "Trouble with the Curve" when you have to witness Clint Eastwood stumble around, be blind, and beg with his dysfunctional prostate to work properly for just another day. That's "Last Vegas" in a nut shell; it's about as funny as a prostate exam.
There is some very mild amusement to be had while watching "Last Vegas," but it's a film that will mostly leave you feeling like you're out of your element since the jokes turn stale in the blink of an eye. Unfunny, overly hoary, and easily foreseeable, "Last Vegas" is like being stuck on that road trip with your grandparents that lasts way too long and features them having discussions about what brand of denture cream they bought last.
"Last Vegas" was released in theaters today, November 1.