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VINE VOICEon 4 January 2014
"Last Vegas" is an enjoyable film but it's not really a comedy like "The Hangover" which is also set around the theme of a "bachelor party" in Las Vegas. This film has it's comic moments and is fairly light hearted all the way through but it is also a romantic drama. Four men approaching seventy decide to go for a weekend to Vegas to celebrate the wedding of one of them who is marrying a girl half his age.Michael Douglas plays this character and he is ably supported by Robert De Niro,Kevin Kline and Morgan Freeman who plays his friends. However De Niro figures out that Douglas isnt exactly madly in love with his fiancee and the pair get involved in a complicated romantic triangle with a perky sexagenarian barroom singer the friends meet on their first day in the city. "Last Vegas" is likeable and warm hearted and thankfully is not warped by lots of bad language and behaviour not in keeping with the characters ages. Older people should enjoy this film, but there were quite a lot of teenagers in the audience when I watched this film at the cinema as well. Maybe they were expecting another "Hangover".
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Loved it - four quality actors bring huge talent to a witty and warm script. All this, a bevvy of Vegas babes and the lovely Mary Steenbergen getting a classy part too - what's not to love.

The jokes are good (condoms, Viagra, bad backs, every time the phone rings one thinks its the other calling with news about Prostate Cancer) the gags are constantly clever (the bathing beauty contest, dancing and getting drunk at the bachelor beer party, winning at the casino's card tables, the luxury suite that should have gone to 50 Cent) and the chemistry between all four of the principals is more than believable (they had fun making this). The back story with them as kids is cute too. Bluntly any film with Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline in it gets my vote. And the BLU RAY picture quality is gorgeous.

Far better than it had any divine right to be - "Last Vegas" is the kind of film that will cheer you up and those are in rare supply these days...
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on 20 January 2014
Billy, Paddy, Archie, and Sam have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy, the group's bachelor, finally proposes to his girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to relive their glory days.

The four quickly realise that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined.

Sinatra may have once ruled the roost, but it's these four who are taking over Vegas....

If you like the thought of Morgan Freeman getting drunk and dancing,then this is for you. The four actors share top billing, but Freeman steals the show, because your used to seeing him as the straight man, the man who will make everything good come the end.

Some may say its The Hangover lite, but it's more that, at least here these characters are three dimensional and likable, The Hangover was a one trick pony, and not very funny.

The cast are great, predictable their characters may be, but go with it, its a lot of fun.

The writers maybe feeding the narrative to the audience on a spoon, as there are things from some scenes that you can just guess the outcome from an object or a look from a character, but you can forgive this little trope.

Its a bright, fun movie, with your favourite actors making fools of themselves.

See it, laugh, and then forget about it.
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I cannot remember the last time i geninely laughed so much, i had tears streaming down my face.

Billy, Sam, Archie and Paddy have been friends for 58 years. Billy is approaching his 70th birthday and proposes to his 31 year old girlfriend at his mentors funeral. This prompts a reunion of the friends for a bachelor party in vegas of epic proportions.

I honestly thoroughly enjoyed this film, whether its because i am now in my 40's and can look back on my youth with wistful memories and wish i could turn back the clock, or whether its because it was just so well written.

Unlike the hangover which i hated, this is laugh out loud funny.

For example, when that guy from lmfao is hosting a bikini content and the 4 of them are judging it and he whips off his trousers to gyrate his sequin bikini brief junk in robert de niros face, i spat my drink all over the floor, it was so funny.

When they are crashed on the bed with the worst hangover of all time because the room was spinning to find they were on a spinning bed lol

Some genuinely touching moments too, Archie in his sexy red suit dancing up a storm and then having a drink with his son, Sam who had been given permission by his wife to get laid and gave him some viagra and a condom deciding he only loved his wife, billy finally realising that he had love all a long but not realising, and paddy who learned that true love never dies, friendships never waver, and that life moves on.

I think this is however for the older generation 30's and over, because i dont think the teens would "get it", i however thought it was brilliant.
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on 3 February 2017
Unfortunately, I like each of these actors in their own right and they've made some very good films BUT this movie just seemed to be struggling from the start and the laughs for me were few and far between and that made a lot of the acting seem very amateurish, something I didn't expect to see and reminded me of a film 'The Internship' starring Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson because THEY had made several films together previously but they didn't seem to 'click' in that one.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 6 December 2013
Four kids who called themselves "The Flatbush Four" reunite in Las Vegas as they approach 70. In the case of art imitating life Billy (Michael Douglas) is marrying a woman (Bre Blair) in her 30's. He is joined by Sam (Kevin Kline) whose wife has given him permission to cheat; Archie (Morgan Freeman) whose son keeps him prisoner at home; and Paddy (Robert De Niro) who is lured by a false pretense. He has had a falling out with Billy, something which weighs heavy into the plot to the point of killing it. In Vegas, they meet a savvy nightclub singer (Mary Steenburgen) who they describe as "Mrs. Don Rickles." She occasionally joins the group.

The film seems as old as the actors. An example of the humor:

Sam brags about his wife giving him permission to cheat as he talks to a young girl. She asks, "Are you good in bed?"

Sam: "I don't remember."

That is the pinnacle of the type of humor to expect. The situations lack the expected humor and the rift between the two main characters is confusing as the film attempts to be a comedy and a drama. It doesn't work well as either. Mary Steenburgen had a great character that was under used.

The all-star cast did well with a tired script. Works as a rental. I wouldn't rush out to see it.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. Near sex. Back nudity.
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on 21 January 2014
They've been friends since they were boys. It's now 58 years since those childhood days and hot-shot Billy (Michael Douglas) is about to take the plunge for the very first time with a woman half his age. Who would he invite to celebrate the forthcoming event in Las Vegas with him but his childhood pals? But will they go? Archie (Morgan Freeman) had a stroke and his family are treating him as if he were senile as they fear for his life. Sam (Kevin Kline) is feeling his age with his artificial hips and problem knees, and the spark has gone out of his marriage. His loving wife urges him to go to Las Vegas and if he wants to cheat on her, that's ok, as long as he never speaks of it. And Paddy (Robert De Niro), now widowed and missing his childhood sweetheart whom he married, has turned into a bitter and lonely old man with a strong resentment against Billy for something he did in the past. Yet their trip to Las Vegas turns out to be a time of entertainment, of getting to know each other once again, and for rekindling the fires of youth.

While some of the humour in Last Vegas (2013) is a little corny, it's a fun movie with a magic cast of men who are all pension age, and more. They've got such sparkle in their eyes that their performances were a breath of fresh air. I think the top prize has to go to the oldest, Morgan Freeman. He can move on a dance floor - not fast, but all the same. The storyline has no great surprises but if you want something easy to watch, a no brainer, something with a bit of silliness and good cheer, then this might be one for you. It certainly made me laugh.

VJ - Movies and Books World
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on 24 June 2014
This is a star studded cast in convincing roles. Not only is the film funny but theres a feeling that the actors will have had a lot of fun filming it. There are some great one liners and for anyone of a mature age its poignantly hilarious.
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Billy (Michael Douglas) has proposed to a thirty-odd year old, his childhood friends
'Paddy' (Robert De Niro) 'Archie' (Morgan Freeman) and 'Sam' (Kevin Kline) head
for 'Vegas' for the wedding planning to make the preceding two nights before their
pal gets hitched...for the first time, a 'Blast'
As kids they called themselves the 'Flatbush-Four' they are now all in their 70's.
'Paddy' seems to be reluctant to make the most of the reunion / stag-night whilst
'Archie' and 'Sam' are more than ready to join their pal 'Billy' on a 'Vegas' blow-out.
The draw of the tables the bright lights and glamour soon pull the pals in, though
'Paddy' appears to be a slow-starter seemingly refusing to get into the swing.
'Archie' wants to play the tables, 'Sam' just wants to get laid, 'Billy' finds his charms
aren't quite up to speed ?
'Paddy' slowly gets into the spirit by suggesting on their second night they throw a
party for pal 'Billy' inviting as many as would come along.
The four raise the roof in Vegas however their are many reality checks and levellers
for our four party goers before the 'Vegas' weekend concludes.
These guys are of course legendary, they are among the best of what Hollywood has
given us down the years.
There are many genuine comic sequences and frequent laugh-out-loud moments along
the way, genuinely worth a spin.
Features -
* Four Legends.
* The Redloo Party
* Ensemble Support
* Shooting in Vegas
* It's Going to be Legendary.
* Filmmaker Commentary
* The Flatbush Four
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on 1 March 2014
"The last film I've seen in 2013. If you are tired of the whole Hangover schtick that has been throbbing your cinema screens for 4 years, wait till you give a chance and look no further than a better-written, much funnier, less mean-spirited, and somewhat more human take on four guys and life in Vegas with this film, Last Vegas (a pun of its own).

Freeman, Douglas, DeNiro, Kline, and a witty performance from Steenburgen all provide great and humorous performances as cantankerous old men reconciling after Douglas' character (Billy, from California) tries to invite them all to Vegas in light of his upcoming wedding. The film soon boils down to a story about trust, loyalty, and how friends can make irrational decisions for the sake of proving something but the film never deters to a level where the drama overemphasises the script and the comedy reigns high (which is what The Hangover Part III did not manage to do very well with its bizarre mix of dark comedy, crime thriller, and sex farce).

While the film may seem Hollywoodised and sentimental at parts, I did not get this reaction but it felt the tone, treatment, and the whole film was done just right. All of the gang (especially the normally dry and intelligent Freeman) bring their relaxed chemistry into the film and provide some hilarious scenes involving a VIP entry, dealing with some young egotistical show-off, Freeman walking out of his house, and getting drunk off martinis.

It is not a perfect film but it certainly is a nice treat for older audiences to reconcile their past and feel like living again in a similar way that The Bucket List achieved this feat. Unlike another film that deals with reconciliation and pastime memories or behaviour like The World's End (1990s instead of the 1950s), this is not a fantasy or an outlandish scenario piece and nor does it have the kind of aggressive raunch (but this film does have quite a few sexual references itself too) or violence found in The Hangover too making it more appropriate for the 50+ crowd."
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