Monday, November 11, 2013

Movie Review: Last Vegas

If you're an old geezer, then you might want to check out Last Vegas. Donna and I recently saw this movie, and we enjoyed it. Now, it's probably not going to earn any academy awards, and the actors probably won't win anything, either, but it's a solid movie, with many clever scenes and well-scripted lines.

If you watch television at all, then you know the premise of the movie. Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert DeNiro), Archie (Morgan Freeman), and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been friends since childhood. Known as the "Flatbush Four," they are now approaching 70, and Billy has decided to marry for the first time and invites his friends to the wedding in Las Vegas.

Archie and Sam provide most of the humor in the movie while the core plot revolves around Billy and Paddy. The usual age-related jokes are prevalent, but many have an original twist to them. The swimming pool scene with Sam near the beginning of the movie is a good example of such a twist.

On a serious note, the movie deals with emotions and subjects that most of us face as we age. How do we deal with loss? How do we take care of ourselves as we age without shutting ourselves off from life? How do we deal with those who care about us, yet don't understand what we are dealing with?

It's a fun movie, and a great way to spend a couple of hours.

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