Review Roundup: DeNiro, Douglas, Freeman & Kline Star in LAST VEGAS
Review Roundup Last Vegas
Starring four legends like you've never seen them before, Last Vegas tells the story of Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam (played by Academy-Award winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline), best friends since childhood.
When Billy, the group's sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it's these four who are taking over Vegas. (c) CBS Films
Let's see what the critics have to say...
Peter Howell, Toronto Star: "They're pros enough to goose the show along, and there is the occasional chuckle. They're all upstaged, though, by Mary Steenburgen, who as a tax-attorney-turned-lounge-singer adds some needed zest, estrogen and romantic attraction. She's the Shirley MacLaine to these Rat Pack retirees. De Niro, Douglas, Freeman, Kline and Steenburgen make a total of five Oscar winners in Las Vegas. With talent like this, you'd have reason to expect a comedy with more spring in its step."
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: "Mary Steenburgen plays a former professional woman pursuing her dream as a singer, and she becomes the romantic interest of two of the men. That a 60-year-old actress can be cast in a romantic role is a welcome sign in a Hollywood movie - usually they cast a 45-year-old and take it for granted that a woman should be interested in men old enough to be her father. But it's even better that Steenburgen is so convincing in the role, as in feminine and desirable and totally believable as someone men would be fighting over. Movies like this usually have subtitles."
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: "I steeled myself for the moment when these four would fall into what-happens-in-Vegas ''high jinks,'' but fortunately, they don't. The movie never enters that Hangover unreality zone. Instead, it has mild fun with how out of touch they are (good laugh: Archie tries to get into a hip club by tipping the doorman a whopping $10). Along the way, they befriend Diana (Mary Steenburgen), a lonely nightclub singer who becomes the focal point of a romantic rivalry between Paddy and - yes - Billy (it says something about Douglas that he can play a groom-to-be falling for someone else...and still get you to find him a likable crocodile)."