Movie review: “Last Vegas” improves with age

 

last-vegas02By Sarah Cooperman

E Pluribus Unum

 

There’s a scene in “Last Vegas” where a sixty-something Michael Douglas, speaking at a funeral, looks at the dead guy and says “See you in 30 years.”

If we’re lucky, that is. It’s hard not to see this movie aimed at aging baby boomers and not think about your own mortality. How much longer do I have? And what will getting old be like?

In this comedy directed by Jon Turteltaub, four friends (Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro, Kevin Kline) from childhood gather together in Sin City for a bachelor party. Douglas, in the role of Billy, is finally going to tie the knot with a woman old enough to be his granddaughter.

His three friends are all frustrated with the limitations of aging. See the first half of this movie and you’ll probably want to jump off the roof of Caesar’s Palace.

What lifts this story is the arrival of the character of Diane, played by a luminous Mary Steenburgen.  She charms the support hose off everybody as a sixty-something lounge singer (after retired from a career as an attorney) using this time of her life to pursue her dream.

A certain amount of raunch occurs in this film, and plenty of clichés are trotted out, but in the end it’s a life-affirming movie about second chances. At least that’s the way it looks to me now. See you in 60 years.

 

“Last Vegas” is rated PG-13 for some language and partial nudity.  Script by Dan Turtletaub

 

Sarah’s score: B.

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