(US - 2013)
Directed by Jon Turtletaub. Written by Dan Fogelman. Cast: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Romany Malco, Jerry Ferrara, Joanna Gleason, Roger Bart, Michael Ealy, Bre Blair, April Billingsley. (PG-13, 105 mins)
LAST VEGAS makes it pretty easy to just think of it as GRUMPY OLD HANGOVER and doesn't try much harder than it needs to, but if you approach it as nothing more than harmless entertainment, you might find yourself laughing quite a bit. Old people being raunchy or doing youthful things are formulas that are always fodder for cheap laughs, but with five Oscar-winners on board, the film can coast on their history and screen presence alone. There's also occasional bits of heart and poignancy amidst the easy and predictable old age jokes. Wisely keeping it at a PG-13 considering that the target audience really isn't into grossout humor, LAST VEGAS accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do: great actors we've known for decades working together for the first time and clearly enjoying themselves. Sure, it's nobody's best movie, but it's hard to dislike.