Friday, November 1 2013, 11:59 AM MDT
Movie Review: Last Vegas
2 out of 5 Stars
Director: Jon Tuirteltaub
Starring: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline
Recommended To: Those looking for a film that mixes Grown Ups with The Hangover with middling results.
Synopsis: Three life-long friends in their sixties visit Las Vegas to throw a bachelor party for their last remaining single friend.
Review: It’s not uncommon for an actor to appear in a movie that feels well below their talent level. It’s uncommon for four actors to appear together in a film that woefully underutilizes their talent. Last Vegas is that kind of film. Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline are all well-respected actors who probably saw Last Vegas as an opportunity to hang out with some friends in Las Vegas and collect a paycheck while doing it. The results of their work is a generic and cliché filled story that wouldn’t be remotely watchable if it weren’t for the cast (which also includes Mary Steenburgen who won an Oscar in 1981 for Melvin and Howard, but is better known for her role in Elf and TV’s Joan of Arcadia). The film feels like an uninspired mash up of Hall Pass, The Hangover and Grown Ups with a target audience that skews towards the senior citizen demographic with a few jokes and cameos thrown in for younger audiences. It’s not terrible; it’s not very good either.
-Ryan Michael Painter