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HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014

Movie review: Last Vegas is poor man's 'Hangover'

Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, November 15, 2013
First Published: 14:46 IST(15/11/2013) | Last Updated: 15:07 IST(15/11/2013)

Jon Turteltaub's Last Vegas is clearly not legendary. Starring Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, the movie did not manage to spin any magic.



Yes, your jaw drops looking at the poster and thinking of these great artists in a single frame but for how long can you be in awe of these greybeards. As soon as you get over it, you realise there is nothing new to the script.

In fact the film reminds you of The Hangover and Grumpy Old Men, says Liam Lacey. "The cast members are all capable and game, but there are only so many times you can watch old, crepe-necked dudes dreamily ogling young females before you start to feel queasy," he adds.

The film goes back in time and so do the jokes. Peter Howell rightly points out, "What happens in Last Vegas stays in Vegas … mainly because the elderly revellers can't remember what they did. Ba-da-bump-bump. Yes, the jokes in the movie are all about as bad as this one."

The film lacks the madness which was expected. It hardly has anything adventurous especially to do with Las Vegas and these four men trying to have fun out there. But what fun?

James Berardinelli writes: "Despite the presence of four capable veteran actors, the film never approaches comedic critical mass. The actors perform with multiple safety nets and the closest the film ever comes to taking a risk is having Freeman dance to a cover of Earth Wind & Fire's September."

Peter Rainer has something interesting to add: "It's still a bit early in the long careers of these actors, especially Kline, to be playing creaky codgers. It's bad enough when Hollywood casts women over the age of 30 as grandmothers-in-waiting. Now we have to endure an onslaught of famous veteran actors complaining about their hips".

Although we mostly have critics bashing the film, there is one counterpart. John Patterson thinks the film isn't all that bad after all. "Last Vegas is a good-natured bimbo of a movie, it'll do just about anything to please you, though luckily that includes delivering the 20 big laughs you feel you're owed (unlike The Hangovers), and gently jerking a tear or two. You enjoy it in spite of yourself," he writes.

Going by the critics, we would say go for Last Vegas if you really love their faces or else give it a miss!

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