Last Vegas

Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline may all be pushing or past 70, but there’s a surprisingly jaunty spring to their step in the breezy comedy Last Vegas. A geriatric, far less raunchy version of The Hangover, the film sees Douglas’s playboy bachelor rally childhood friends De Niro, Freeman and Kline – the ‘Flatbush Four’ – for his Las Vegas stag party before he marries his much younger girlfriend. The quartet’s hi-jinks amid the casino city’s fleshpots are fairly mild – posing as mobsters, judging a swimsuit competition, flirting with lounge singer Mary Steenburgen – and the pace sags in some places and gets mawkish in others, but the film’s good-humoured spirit is hard to dislike, while the stars give an unexpectedly touching undertow to their characters’ bickering and bantering.

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Certificate 12. Runtime 105 mins. Director John Turteltaub.

Released on Blu-ray and DVD by Universal Pictures.

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