Title – Last Vegas (2013)
Director – Jon Turteltaub (Cool Runnings)
Cast – Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara
Plot – A bunch of old timer’s get together for a bucks weekend in Vegas when member of their troop Billy (Douglas) decides to marry a girl half his age. Old wounds will be opened, drinks will be drunk and money will be gambled with a bunch of men way too old for the Las Vegas scene.
“I’m gonna find some damn water and take all my damn pills and get this damn party started”
Review by Eddie on 1/07/2014
No doubt at the behest of a studio head wishing to create a Hangover for people over 50, “comedian” and writer Dan Fogelman and journeyman director Jon Turteltaub (the bringer of such cinema gems like National Tressure and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) have teamed up with some of the most respected actors in the industry to create what can only be described as a movie so devoid of imagination, heart and laughs that upon conclusion the only way to describe the film is as a blight on the resumes of all involved. No questions about it, this so called comedy trip is one of the worst movies of the last 12 months.
You’d think (like I did) that with a cast comprising Robert De Niro as grumpy (no surprises there) and lonely Paddy, Michael Douglas as rich, orange and annoyingly pompous Billy, Kevin Kline as frustrated in marriage Sam and Morgan Freeman as loveable stroke victim and friendly grandpa Archie would be able to provide a few cheap laughs but you’d be horribly wrong. The story is such that you’re asked to like this bunch of men just because they were childhood friends but there is no real evidence at all on screen as to why they are friends. It seems merely like a brotherhood of old men who still want to party like they were teens and like it would be in real life it’s sad and creepy not laugh out loud funny. With a lack of real spark between the gang of supposedly loveable geriatrics the film try’s to compensate for some truly sappy and contrived romance.
Poor old Mary Steenburgen gets possibly the shortest shift of all the cast here as Las Vegas singer Diana, who charms the old timers in particular Paddy and Billy and so sets forth a plot point within the film that takes up far too much time all the while remaining entirely unbelievable and uninteresting. It’s cringe worthy to see Steenburgen up on stage singing old school love songs, equal to the cringe factor that Kline brings to the film as a sleazy old hall pass receiver or Douglas as freakishly alien like Billy. The whole film really wafts in its very own created cringe mist and it seems as though moments fly past as they miss opportunities to actually be funny or sentimental.
The cash to go to Vegas must have been too good for these acting thespians to pass up on, as the script and story are anything but winners. It’s sad to see so many talented people on screen at once waste themselves on some very weak material with only Morgan Freeman generating any real affection or laughs and a few moments of comedy save the film from the depths of despair but that’s not saying much for a trip to the Nevada desert you’re better off avoiding, at all costs!
1 in your face Redfoo out of 5