Starring: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrera
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
Synopsis: Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.
I’ve heard this film be called “The Combover” by a few people because it’s basically The Hangover for old people. It’s not quite like that to be fair, but it’s probably on a par laughs wise, certainly with The Hangover 2 and 3. That is to say, there aren’t many. It’s not an unlikeable or terrible movie like those two though, just not a brilliant one.
The four oldies play a group of friends who have been knocking about since the fifties. They all have their particular ‘problem’ as it were. Freeman’s health is not what it used to be, De Niro’s wife has passed away, Kline is unhappy with his own wife and Douglas is set to marry a women half his age (hmmm, where have we seen that before?!) but he doesn’t seem convinced. The friends are called together to go to Vegas for the batchelor party. Except there are some resentments between De Niro and Douglas which date back years and threaten the enjoyment of the weekend. To make matters worse, they both see and fall in love with nightclub singer (if you can call it that!) Mary Steenburgen.
The film plays on the whole growing old disgracefully thing, but obviously has a soft centre as well. I didn’t think there were many laughs if I’m honest, and actually found the heartfelt bits about ageing, death and loneliness to be of much more value. All of the actors are, to some degree, all coasting in this. There isn’t anything to get their teeth into, and I dare say they couldn’t care less (judging by the other movies they make nowadays anyway).
I thought I’d watch this as some light relief in contrast to 12 Years A Slave, and it certainly provided that, which is all you can ask of this type of movie I guess.