Remember the show Golden Girls? Remember how it gave us a funny, but very heartfelt window into the lives of the elderly? Remember how it made you want to spend time with your grandparents and actually listen to their long stories about their old days? If you can, then good news… Last Vegas is just for you.
There is a tad bit of drama in the film, mainly caused by the sudden love triangle between DeNiro, Douglas, and a Vegas songstress (Mary Steenburgen). Unfortunately, none of it ever seems to feel that interesting. There are also a lot of cartoony antics and cameos (50 cent for some reason) that detract from the more realistic humorous moments. But, as with any comedy, making the audience laugh can help to overlook some problems. And this film is full of laughs. Like Golden Girls, it embraces the idea of getting old and uses the chemistry between its cast to make you wish they were your old friends too.
The film may not be too memorable from a story standpoint, but the characters are lovable enough. Morgan Freeman, in particular, steals the show. Sometimes it’s ok to just sit back and enjoy watching old people have fun, even if none of their problems resonate with anyone under the age of 50.
FINAL GRADE: B