The new film ‘Last Vegas’ comes out tomorrow in theaters nationwide and it gets two thumbs up from me. The film brings near non-stop laughter from the audience beginning with dark, dreary scenes progressing to bright, exciting scenes in Las Vegas. The film stars four Hollywood legends, all Academy Award winners, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Robert De Niro. The four leave there day-to-day senior lives and live like kings in Las Vegas. The movie is a mesh between ‘The Hangover’ and the ‘Rat Pack’.
The movie begins with the four main characters as children and how they became known as the Flat Bush Four in New York. They remain lifelong friends where the movie progresses to present day when the four are supposedly in their sixties, though they all appear to be in their 70s.
Billy (Michael Douglas) finally decides to get married for the first time to thirty-something Lisa (Bre Blair) in Las Vegas. Billy contacts his buddies to inform them of the end to his sworn bachelorhood and the other three decide to come out to Vegas to help him celebrate putting on a proper bachelor party. The calls to his friends reveal the dark lives they are all living – imprisoned by the physical and mental challenges of aging. All his friends have a multitude of pills on a table close by and joke constantly about their physical limitations. The trip to Vegas offers them an escape.
The boys arrive at their Las Vegas hotel only to discover the hotel is closed, but the casino and lounge is still open. Diana (Mary Steenburgen) is singing in the near-empty lounge where the boys are infatuated with her. Billy and Paddy vie for Diana’s love and we learn during this courting why Paddy has such a large hatred for Billy.
There is an underlying anger throughout the film by Paddy towards Billy, though we are not told why until later in the film, mostly because Billy did not show up at the funeral of Paddy’s wife. However there is another twist related to this relationship, that is not revealed until much later in the film.
It is Sam (Kevin Kline) who steals the show generating the most laughs throughout the film as his character’s wife Miriam (Joanna Gleason) grants him a free pass to sleep with whomever while visiting with his friends in Vegas. Sam is living in Florida has a number of great senior Florida jokes, however once he is given the pass, Sam is on the hunt to sleep with a twenty-something girl.
DJ/Singer Redfoo has a cameo in the movie while the four become judges of a bikini contest poolside at their hotel. Redfoo does a scene with Paddy (Robert De Niro) that one must see; some audience members were literally on the floor laughing hysterically.
The movie has some quality twists that audience may not have expected along with some quality eye candy. There is no shortage of scantily clad women parading around the movie. The movie is rated PG-13 and with an estimated budget of only $28 million, it stands to make the producers an excellent profit.