Friday, November 1, 2013

Last Vegas

A few years ago who would have thought we'd see the day when Oscar winners Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Mary Steenburgen would team up for a bromance bachelor party in Vegas comedy?  But ever since 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' became a surprise hit, the old folks have taken back the cinema.  And I love it.  Now, in films like 'Red' and 'Stand Up Guys', it's the old guys (and gals too) who get to have the fun.  Plus, instead of getting the standard Hollywood fare with one or maybe two big stars, we now get three, four, or even five Hollywood legends in one picture!  And, of course, ever since 'The Hangover' was a summer blockbuster spawning two sequels, bachelor parties in Vegas have been all the rage.  So this movie is kind of a no-brainer.  It basically writes itself.  And that's the problem here.  It looks like this movie was written on autopilot based upon what has worked in the recent past.  And everything about the story is cliche and phony.  It seems that once the brilliant casting was done, the creative part of the process was over.  Of course sometimes likeability and charm is all you need, and this one has that in spades.  Let's face it, we could watch these guys read the phonebook and still be entertained.  Plus, there are plenty of jokes here, and some that even work.  So it will keep a smile on your face and make you leave the theater feeling good, even if you didn't see anything memorable and, at its worst moments, phony as hell.  It's ok.  Not everything a legend does has to be legendary.  Sometimes it's just enough to watch four dirty old men hit on some way-too-young-for-them hotties and enjoy some camaraderie.  Just one suggestion though.  For 'Last Vegas 2', add Alan Arkin.

Grade: B

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