Aging pals Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. When Billy finally proposes to his much-younger girlfriend, all four friends go to Las Vegas to celebrate the end of Billy's longtime bachelorhood and relive their glory days. However, the four quickly realize that the intervening decades have changed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they had not imagined.
Release Date: November 01, 2013
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In a Nutshell: This is one big Las Vegas party with an Oscar-winning ensemble cast that you can’t help but think is charming and adorable. The movie has its guffaw moments and comes off as the Hangover Part 63. As expected, there are a lot of age jokes as we watch some of our favorite leading men get old. Think Grampas Gone Wild.
Uplifting theme: My husband’s best friend recently died, so the life-long friendship between these four men really struck a chord with me. Friendships that endure the test of time and trials of life are truly priceless. The themes of love, forgiveness, and even good ole fun that creates memories comes through loud and clear.
Things I liked:
• I was impressed with how much the child actors looked like their counterpart adult actors. Nice casting!
• I loved the image when the men are coming down the escalator so that you only see their legs. The sexy torsos from the strippers in Las Vegas’ male dancer show “Thunder from Down Under” appear to be the actors’ upper body. It was a fun visual that only lasted a moment.
• The Morgan Freeman dance
• I thought it was hilarious when Kevin Kline had to put on his glasses to see the nude lady
• I’ve always enjoyed Mary Steenburgen and some critics say that she stole the entire movie.
• My kids laugh that Morgan Freeman is in every movie they’ve ever seen. No harm there. He’s a national treasure.
Things I didn’t like:
• I don’t like hearing kids swear. You experience that within the first minute of the movie. I understand that it sets the tone for the adult character’s personality, but I still don’t like it.
• Within the first 5 minutes, the kids steal wine and grind it in a pool. Parents, this is not a kid’s movie.
• Was Michael Douglas trying to look young and tan or was his character? Either way, I couldn’t decide if the fake color was funny or pathetic. Come to think of it, I couldn’t decide whether or not the entire movie was funny or pathetic.
• It’s too bad that so much acting talent couldn’t come together to create something better. Then again, as you get older, sometimes you just want to have whatever fun you’re capable of and don’t care anymore what other people think (another theme that is celebrated in the movie.)
• Sam’s story line reminded me a bit of The Big Chill. I have a really hard time thinking I would ever encourage my husband to sleep with other women. Uh, nope.
• Dinner party at 4:15
• “This will be the first bachelor party that could be covered by Medicare.”
• “These Red Bull Vodkas are strange. I feel like I’m getting drunk and electrocuted at the same time.” - Archie
• “I was 17 five minutes ago. It’s winding up a little too fast.” So true.
• “There ain’t nothing more important than loyalty and love between thugs.” = 50 cent
Things to look for:
• The disgustingly funny guy in the bikini contest
• Famous Las Vegas landmarks on Fremont Street and the Strip
Tips for parents: Much of the material is so inappropriate that the film should be rated R. You kind of feel like you just had a dirty romp in Las Vegas. I repeat…parents, this is not a kid’s movie. It is filled with profanity, scantily clad women and lots of sexual jokes, infidelity, transvestites, and inappropriate scenes.February 1st, 2014 · Details1 Thank ·
If you enjoy the Hangover films you will like this one. It seems to be the Hangover for the geriatric crowd. The film is funny but some of the material is way to crass for a teenage audience despite the PG-13 Rating. Morgan Freeman does do a fine job in this film. Portions of the story though seem jumbled. at times the film feels like a few different scenes thrown together to make a film.November 11th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
I love these actors, which is why so much of Last Vegas was painful. On the plus side, it was great to see all these high-caliber performers together. There are some laughs and some moments that work well. I just felt the juvenile stuff interfered with the Gold Nuggets that could’ve made this movie MGM-Grand... See Full ReviewFebruary 6th, 2014 · Details
great to see all these talents together in a romcom no lessDecember 25th, 2013 · Details
Too inappropriate! This movie should be rated R.November 23rd, 2013 · Details
A geezer version of "The Hangover" films this is not. There's no gore or raunch, little mention of the physical indignities created by the passage of time, and only delicate references to sexual misbehavior that never occurs. If not for a loud party in a hotel's penthouse suite, this picture may as well be set in Altoona, Pa. -- or, for a really swinging time, Shippensburg... See Full ReviewNovember 7th, 2013 · Details
Thrown into the highly controlled pleasure dome of Vegas, our old boys win at blackjack, become judges at a poolside bikini contest, and at one point pass themselves off as Mob kingpins. They also remember what it's like to have fun without a shred of respectability, a sensation that Last Vegas captures all too well... See Full Review
I think I already know the question.
How could four venerable actors with a combined six Oscars among them stoop to something so frivolous and seemingly ridiculous?
How about just for laughs?
I know these are all serious and accomplished performers, but aren‚Äôt they allowed to have a little fun on occasion?
And yes, the premise is a bit nutty. Some have even suggested it sounds like ‚ÄúThe Hangover: Geriatric Edition,‚Äù but I‚Äôm here to tell you that there‚Äôs more going on here than initially meets the eye... See Full Review
This sentimental look at aging asks audiences to believe that lasting relationships can be formed in 48 hours and that a couple of days in a sun-drenched location can erase health issues and family disappointments. Perhaps more truth would be found in the advice that what happens in Las Vegas is best left unwatched in Last Vegas... See Full Review
‚ÄúLast Vegas‚Äù isn‚Äôt ‚Äúout there‚Äù in a ‚ÄúHangover‚Äù sense. It‚Äôs comical comfort food, with actors doing the sorts of things they‚Äôve done for decades. But even if this is the safest Vegas romp of them all, this cast never lets us forget that we‚Äôre in very good hands... See Full Review