A genial "Hangover" for the AARP set,
The four stars of the thing, born between 1937 and 1947, are
Why do we go to movies like "Last Vegas"? For the thrill of fresh forms being discovered before our eyes? For the shock of the new? For a dozen good laughs? No. We go because we know what it will be like in advance. We know, and like, the people on the screen. We understand the premise of the story. And if we settle for half a dozen good laughs, we'll come out reasonably entertained.
The screenwriter is Dan Fogelman, who penned
But belief isn't the point of a commodity such as "Last Vegas." Neither is suspension of disbelief. The point is seeing what a first-rate ensemble can do with second-rate material, broad one minute, pathos-ridden the next.
We'll close with Kline. He isn't fooling anyone playing a cranky, dried-out Florida retiree. Kline has such natural dash and brio as a performer, it's a bit of a joke watching him attempt to quash it and rechannel it as cuddly adorability. And yet it's entertaining watching him trying to turn himself into
MPAA rating: PG-13 for sexual content and language
Running time: 1 hour, 44 minutes
Playing: In general release