January 2, 2014 6:02 pm

Film review: Last Vegas

Starry veterans produce lame slapstick and sticky sentiment in this nuptial comedy
From left, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas in 'Last Vegas'

From left, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas in 'Last Vegas'

We should crow with anticipatory delight at the cast of starry veterans in Last Vegas. Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline: what a line-up for a stag comedy. But the film is more like The Hangover with a hangover. Douglas is in Vegas to wed a 30-years-younger fiancée, if he can make it to the altar. His pals share the not-so-golden gags about oldies, plus the lame scenes of slapstick, the sticky moments of sentiment, and the tawdry sightseeing montages. (One more glimpse of the Bellagio Hotel fountains in a movie and I’ll organise a mass e-strafing of the Strip and its hotels in TripAdvisor.)

Squeaky-voiced Mary Steenburgen is good: a torch singer proving that age cannot douse a determined Hollywood trouper who never reached the smugness of superstardom. Everyone else in the movie should get a new life or a new agent.

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Nigel Andrews


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