Movie Review – Last Vegas

MV5BMTQ2ODg2MTIyNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzU2NjgwMDE@__V1_SX214_Lately, I’ve gotten back into the habit of going to the movies. I used to love going to a matinee – alone or with friends – and made it a regular habit. Since moving back home, I slowed down on the movies – mainly because, unlike in Sanford where there was a theater right in town and several within a 15-30 minute drive, there aren’t any theaters close enough to easily just “pop in” on an afternoon. But, lately, I’ve gotten back into the habit! I have found a friend who enjoys movies as much as I do and I’ve found a very nice, fairly new, clean, and easy to get to theater! BINGO!!!! 🙂 And, Mom and I are always looking for little mini adventures, too!

Mom has been wanting to see one particular movie since she first started seeing the trailers for it – me, too! Mom likes to go to the theater to see a movie now and then, but it has to be something that really catches her eye – like this one! So, yesterday, I got a huge treat and went to see a movie with my Mom!!! YAY!!! We went to Tinseltown in Gates to catch the 2:05 matinee showing of Last Vegas and then, had a delicious dinner at Pixley’s Restaurant – located right next to the theater with great food at reasonable prices.

We both loved the movie – so funny and a great story! The all-star cast – Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Mary Steenburgen – was incredible. An actor by the name of Romany Malco also starred as the casino employee who catered to the gang and Michael Ealy (who I LOVED in the TV show Common Law – what intense blue eyes he has) played Morgan Freeman’s over protective son.

The story starts out with the four main characters (Douglas, De Niro, Freeman, and Kline) as boyhood friends in Flatbush, NY – known as the Flatbush Four – and their shenanigans! Then, fast forward 58 years later to show the four in their old age living in different states – three of the four are living routine lives typical of men their age – Paddy (De Niro) lives a secluded, lonely life after losing his wife – the love of his life – just a year prior, Archie (Freeman) lives with his son (Michael Ealy of Common Law) who is very protective of his Dad’s every move after he suffered a stroke, and Sam (Kline) who lives in Florida with his wife and a knee and hip replacement. But, Billy (Douglas) lives life in the fast lane – he is a super rich business man with a girlfriend who is less than 1/2 his age, dyed hair, and a spray on tan! Billy calls Archie and Sam to announce he has finally popped the question to his young friend after being a confirmed bachelor for all these years and he is getting married in Las Vegas. The guys decide the only thing to do is to get the Flatbush Four back together for a bachelor party in Las Vegas – only problem is that Paddy and Billy have “issues” and Paddy wouldn’t be caught dead in the same state as Billy! But, Sam and Archie trick him into going and the fun begins! The guys live it up – “party like it’s 1959”, get into all kinds of situations, meet the lovely Diana (Steenburgen) – where history repeats itself with Billy and Paddy both falling for her, Billy and Paddy mend their differences, and their lives are reenergized – no more routine, stodgy old men (Freeman, De Niro, and Kline) or reckless millionaire playboy (Douglas), as evident in the final scenes just 58 days after the Las Vegas trip!

It is funny and heartwarming……and, yes, I even teared up a couple of times! 🙂 Douglas, De Niro, Freeman, and Kline still have what it takes to bring a character to life and command the big screen – they were all delightful and perfectly cast! Mary Steenburgen was as lovely and sweet as ever in her role – another genius job at casting. Romany Malco, Michael Ealy, and Jerry Ferrara round out the cast with fun supporting roles. This is a must see……we were very glad we did! I rate this movie an A  with a two thumbs up recommendation!

Here is the trailer – enjoy:

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