Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline are old pros, and all of them are adept at the funny business of playing old fools in this enjoyable comedy-drama about four geezers who fly to Las Vegas for a bachelor party.
LAST VEGAS isn't a great film, but it's a lot of fun.
Michael Douglas on the phone with his buddies: Got something important here, all right? I'm getting married.
Morgan Freeman: What? to that young lady who's half your age?
Douglas: Hey, wait a minute; she's almost 32.
Freeman: I've got a hemorrhoid that's almost 32.
The opening of LAST VEGAS sets the tone: old guys mocking each other and generally making fools of themselves.
Morgan Freeman as Archie is recovering from a mild stroke and his son is being overly protective. So in a father-son role reversal, Archie runs away from his son's home. His escape is a great sight gag and Freeman pulls it off perfectly, giving what I think is the best performance of the four men.
Douglas is type cast as the immature Billy.
Billy (to a pretty young woman in casino): I'm getting married. She's your age.
Woman: You must be rich.
Kevin Kline is Sam, a happily married but depressed fellow whose wife gives him quite the send off: a card that contains a Viagra pill and a condom.
Wife: You're unhappy and I want my guy back. I don't wanna know. Don't tell me about it and we will never bring it up again.
De Niro is Paddy, a widower who is angry at Billy for not coming to his wife's funeral.
There's no fool like an old fool and all four of these guys qualify.
Young woman: Do you guys have drugs?
Sam: Does Lipitor count?
Archie: Boy these Red Bull vodkas are strange. I feel like I'm gettin' drunk and electrocuted at the same time.
And then there's Mary Steenburgen as the night club singer two of the men fall for. It's refreshing to see a 60 year old woman as a love interest in a Hollywood movie.
LAST VEGAS also tries to capture some of the pain of getting older, but the serious parts are nowhere near as successful as the comedy.
Terry Hunter, Hawaii News Now. firstname.lastname@example.org