Last Vegas (2013)
Directed by Jon Turtletaub
To heck with young, unseasoned rascals like Asa Butterfield and Chris Hemsworth this weekend. This Veteran’s Day weekend, party like it’s 1959 and see some screen vets (like Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Robert De Niro) do what they do best – make us forget about the cruddy storyline they have to play through.
In “Last Vegas,” Dan Fogelman (“Crazy, Stupid, Love”) gives us just enough story to let these seniors (from Kline’s 66 to Freeman’s 76) do their thing without the audience really losing interest. It’s nothing without its renowned leads. It thought it needed a love triangle and some melodrama, but it didn’t. Still, no actors could sell this fake rumor-fueled angst like Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro.
From the very beginning, a scene in which Kline is doing pool exercises with a bunch of retirees in Florida, “Last Vegas” reminds us how hilarious it is to see respected, Oscar-winning actors having fun and acting young. Earlier this year, “Stand Up Guys” did the same thing, but now we’re talking De Niro and Freeman (though in my personal opinion, Kevin Kline was by far the funniest).
“Last Vegas” may have been my favorite comedy of the year. It’s not the raunchiest, but it doesn’t need to be.