There is but one reason to watch Last Vegas, and that is Mary Steenburgen. More or less doing away with her trademark vulnerability, so memorably displayed in Back to the Future, Part III, Steenburgen now stars as the object of affection for two elderly gentlemen — former best friends, now archrivals — and does so with exquisite charm and understanding, never for a moment letting her guard down or allowing herself to be smooth-talked by these men.
“These men” are Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro, starring as the playboy Billy and the recently widowed Paddy, respectively. They are in Las Vegas to celebrate Billy’s upcoming wedding with a girl half his age to whom he proposed a few days earlier.
They are joined by two other friends from their teenage years, Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline), and while there is some dormant anger — mostly directed at happy-go-lucky Billy — about past wrongs, the gang is back together and tries to enjoy their sunset years as much as possible, even going by their moniker “The Flatbush Four” one more time.
But if you came to the cinema expecting an old-age version of The Hangover, you will be sorely disappointed. Last Vegas is not a comedy.
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(Still of Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline in Last Vegas. Photo by [email protected] – © 2013 – CBS Films)