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December 4, 2013

‘Last Vegas’ crotchety hilarity at its best

Movie Review

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — I only hope that the day I cross the threshold of my youth into the senior years of life that most of my hilarity is still based on snarky humor instead of progressive brain decay. Today’s film features a group of actors that for the most part continue to find success in their later years and bring a kind of chemistry that brings to mind similar successes like “Grumpy Old Men.”

One of the criticisms for the film so far is that it was like a milder, geriatric “Hangover” and while there are certainly similarities, it does enough on its own to be more than just a shameless copy. In fact, I would attribute this kind of statement to instead be a compliment as I’ll likely be much more forgiving when the laughs lean more toward the witty side of things instead of going the easy route with only low brow. In the end, I’m much more likely to give a second viewing to “Last Vegas” later on as its antics seemed like something relatable as well as entertaining.

Once one gets past the short and probably better skipped intro where our four main characters Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Sam (Kevin Kline), and Archie (Morgan Freeman) all have a best friends stand by me moment as young kids stealing a bottle of liquor, we jump way ahead to modern day. Each of the pals seems to be stuck in some sort of late life crisis, be it Archie’s overly protective son, Paddy’s decent into self-pity after the death of his wife, Sam’s lack of spark in his own life and Billy’s inability to hold a relationship with anyone older than a girl that might as well be his grandchild.

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