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January 2, 2014 6:02 pm
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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