Film Review: Last Vegas

Last Vegas

Last Vegas is a mildly amusing comedy drama. However the film fails to bring the belly laughs it desperately needs.

When Billy is about to get married to his much younger fiancé, his friends Archie and Sam decide to join him in Las Vegas to throw a bachelor party. But first they need to convince estranged pal Paddy to accompany them…

Last Vegas is a comedy based on the premise of four older men having a final hurrah in a location associated with young people. To give this meagre set up a bit more depth, the backstory of Billy and Paddy’s wrought friendship is played up.

Last Vegas tries to balance comedy with a more emotional narrative. However there is not the investment in the characters to warrant the shift to emotion in the second half of the film. As a result, Last Vegas descends into schmaltz. Secondary characters like Archie and Sam are drawn paper thin, and the Billy-Paddy dynamic simply is not compelling enough.

The laughs in Jon Turtletaub’s film are mild, and not frequent enough. It is difficult to see who exactly Last Vegas will appeal to. It will be too lewd for some audiences, and not raucous enough for others.

The most problematic part of Last Vegas is its depiction of young women. Young female characters are present in appearance, but not in voice. They are reduced to eye candy status. It is a shame as there are young male characters who are given lines and at least a modicum of personality. The presence of Diana as a more central character does not negate from the poor portrayal of other females. This leaves a bad taste.

Performances from the main cast are fine, it is just regrettable that acting greats such as Robert De Niro choose to sign on to a film such as this. Last Vegas is not boring or atrocious, but neither is it memorable.