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Movie review: 'Last Vegas'

Published November 1, 2013 1:15 pm

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The five stars of the comedy "Last Vegas" are over 60, but the script complications in which they find themselves are older than that.

Four friends since boyhood — Hollywood player Billy (Michael Douglas), Brooklyn widower Paddy (Robert DeNiro), New Jersey grandpa Archie (Morgan Freeman) and reluctant Florida retiree Sam (Kevin Kline) — are reunited for a Vegas bachelor party for Billy, who's marrying his 30ish girlfriend (Bre Blair).

In Sin City, the guys try to forget about their geriatric problems and are treated like high rollers when Archie wins big at blackjack. The only one not having fun is Paddy, still nursing a grudge against Billy. Complicating matters is the introduction of Diane (Mary Steenburgen), a lounge singer who strikes sparks with Billy and Paddy.

Director Jon Turteltaub ("National Treasure") lets his aging stars roam loose through Dan Fogelman's sitcom-ready scenes, but only Freeman and Kline take advantage of the chance to color outside the lines.

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'Last Vegas'

Opens Friday, Nov. 1, at theaters everywhere; rated PG-13 for sexual content and language; 105 minutes.