Last Vegas

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Last Vegas
Last Vegas Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jon Turteltaub
Produced by
Written by Dan Fogelman
Starring
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography David Hennings
Editing by David Rennie
Studio Good Universe
Distributed by CBS Films
Release dates
  • October 31, 2013 (2013-10-31) (Hungary, Israel)
  • November 1, 2013 (2013-11-01) (United States)
Running time 105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $28 million[1]
Box office $134,059,282 [1]

Last Vegas is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub, starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline.[2] The film was released on November 1, 2013.[3][4]

Plot[edit]

Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam are childhood friends from Flatbush, Brooklyn, who are living in their senior years. Sam and his wife Miriam are living mundane lives in a retirement village in Naples, Florida. Archie, twice-divorced and retired from the Air Force, lives with his overprotective son Ezra and his family in New Jersey after suffering a stroke. Paddy lives alone in his Brooklyn apartment, a curmudgeon in grief since the death of his wife, Sophie, over a year ago. Billy is a successful entrepreneur in Malibu, California, who lives with his 31-year-old girlfriend Lisa. Shortly after proposing to Lisa, Billy finds an old bottle of scotch he and his friends stole in their childhood days and calls Sam and Archie, who immediately propose a bachelor party for Billy in Las Vegas before his wedding that weekend. After being given permission by Miriam to cheat on her, Sam flies to New Jersey to pick up Archie in secret. They drive Brooklyn to collect Paddy and fly off to rendezvous with Billy in Vegas.

The quartet meet up at the airport, where Billy and Paddy get into a heated argument. They had a falling-out when Billy failed to attend Sophie's funeral. Archie breaks up the fight and demands they stop and enjoy the weekend for a change and to celebrate Billy’s wedding with a little fun because “they need this.” They head to Binion's Gambling Hall and Hotel to check in, only to realize that the hotel is closed for renovations. Billy gets his assistant to find them a room at the Aria Resort and Casino, since that is where the wedding will be held. While taking a break in the casino, they meet Diana, a lounge singer who charms the guys as they joke about Sam’s sex life, Archie’s medical issues and Billy’s young bride. Paddy begins to express his anger toward Billy for not attending Sophie’s funeral and is eventually charmed by Diana into rejoining the group over some martinis. They convince Diana to join them at The Aria where they get stuck in a traffic jam and walk down The Las Vegas Strip. While waiting for their rooms, Archie goes to a blackjack table and has a brief altercation with a cocky gambler named Dean. After Dean leaves the table, Archie buys chips with $15,000 (half of his pension funds), much to Sam and Paddy's surprise. Later, Paddy warns Sam that Archie is on a losing streak and has lost nearly $9,000. They rush to pull him off the table, only to discover that he is actually up $102,000. The trio are noticed by the pit boss and they reluctantly leave the table in fear of being accused of cheating. Meanwhile, as Billy tours the wedding chapel with Diana, he becomes charmed with her as she explains to him that she moved to Vegas because she was recently laid off as a tax attorney in Atlanta and always wanted to sing despite being a divorced single mother.

Later, the quartet become judges of a wild swimsuit competition. They are then confronted by the casino manager, who was impressed with Archie's blackjack game; he happily gives them the best penthouse suite to stay in with their own host, Lonnie, who reluctantly accepts the job as the original guest was supposed to be 50 Cent. Upon entering the suite, Billy suggests they open the old bottle of scotch to celebrate the gang's reunion, but Paddy confronts him about his absence from Sophie’s funeral and leaves the group. That night, the remaining three go to Haze where they cut the line after waiting for over an hour where the bouncer stops them and tells them that they can only enter if they buy bottle service, which they eventually agree to after seeing more women enter the club. There, Billy and Sam talk with the bride-to-be and maid-of-honor from a bachelorette party while Archie goes dancing. Dean comes by and begins groping the bachelorette and is stopped by Archie, Billy and Sam. Dean attempts to throw a punch at Billy but is knocked down by Paddy, who stopped by to give Archie his cell phone due to several missed calls by Ezra.

The next day, while the others are hungover and recovering, Paddy visits Diana and tells her that he and Billy were both in love with Sophie when they were younger and she picked Paddy to be hers. Diana catches his eye while she tries to convince him to stop grieving and move on with life because Sophie would want it. Afterwards, Paddy joins Billy at their pool cabana and admits he needs to move on from Sophie’s passing while also showing concern for Billy about marrying a younger woman. The others join in and discuss throwing a big party in their suite. Later, Dean is brought in by Lonnie to the cabana to apologize for his behavior and is tricked into believing the quartet are four mafia members from the East Coast called “The Flatbush Four.” As Billy relaxes, the other three get fancy suits and (with help from Dean) prepare for the bachelor party and invite several people including the bachelorette party, exotic dancers, a band of transvestites, and cast members of Zarkana. Billy later visits Diana at her job, where she tells him she is fond of him. As they walk along The Strip, Billy tells Diana that Paddy gave Sophie an ultimatum to choose either Billy or him and she secretly chose Billy first, but Billy felt Sophie was meant to be with Paddy so she went with Paddy instead.

The bachelor party goes into full force as Paddy gets ready to be social again. Sam meets the maid of honor from the night before who begins flirting with him to his delight. Archie dances with the bachelorette and other female partygoers, gives advice to Dean on how to meet women properly, and is confronted by a surprise appearance from a worried Ezra, who is later told by Archie to simply enjoy this special time with his father. Ezra calms down and accepts. As Sam and the maid of honor head upstairs to be alone, he encourages and enjoys her seductive ways but eventually turns them down as he says while the experience of sex with her would be so spectacular, he has a tradition of telling Miriam about all the wonderful things that happen in his life. In order to stay wonderful, he’d have to tell his wife about what really happened in Vegas, which would be devastating to her. Paddy tells Billy he invited Diana to the party because he likes her and wants to start anew after Sophie’s passing, but realizes Billy likes her too. They rush to meet her as she enters the party and Billy pushes Paddy into the decorative pool and takes Diana upstairs to tell her that Paddy likes her and to give him a chance. She gets embarrassed and feels like she is being treated like Sophie and “gifted” by Billy when Paddy walks in and hears the whole story about Sophie and Billy for the first time. Paddy is devastated and finds the old bottle of scotch, throws it in the trash and leaves the party.

The next morning, Paddy confronts Billy at the pool and tells him he does not know women like he loved Sophie for all the years they were together and that the wedding must be stopped. As Lisa and her bridesmaids arrive, Paddy pushes Billy into the pool and as a return favor for his being with Sophie, Paddy tells Lisa the wedding is off. Billy and Lisa talk it over while the guys have small talk with the bridesmaids who are now prepared for a sloppy drunken time with an angry Lisa. As the guys pack up to leave, Billy comes to terms with his age and admits his fear of getting old and being alone. They come together as friends again and tell Billy to go see Diana. Billy shows up at Diana's job and reveals his feelings for her. The guys say their goodbyes to Dean and Lonnie and finally decide to crack open the old bottle of scotch for a final toast.

A few months later, Billy and Diana call Archie and Paddy to announce they are getting married. They try to call Sam but he is unable to answer the phone as he is busy in bed with Miriam.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Principal photography started in November 2012 in Las Vegas.[5] At the end of November, filming then moved to the Atlanta, Georgia, area.[6]

Reception[edit]

Last Vegas has received mixed reviews from critics. Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 47% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 129 reviews, with an average score of 5.3/10. The consensus states: "The cast of Last Vegas keep things amiably watchable, but the film is mostly a mellower Hangover retread for the older set."[7] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 based on reviews from critics, the film has a score of 48 based on thirty-four reviews, considered to be "mixed or average reviews".[8]

Box office[edit]

As of February 2, 2014, Last Vegas has grossed $63,834,485 in North America and $57,649,764 in foreign countries, for a worldwide gross of $121,484,249.[1]

Home media[edit]

Last Vegas was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 28, 2014.

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack to Last Vegas was released on October 29, 2013.

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Last Vegas"   Mark Mothersbaugh 1:39
2. "Paddy Packs a Punch"   Mark Mothersbaugh 0:22
3. "Paddy Intro/Eulogy"   Mark Mothersbaugh 2:33
4. "Telling the Boys"   Mark Mothersbaugh 1:12
5. "Only You (And You Alone)"   Buck Ram 2:05
6. "Happy Dance"   Mark Mothersbaugh 0:19
7. "Archie's Great Escape"   Mark Mothersbaugh 1:58
8. "Flight of the Flatbush"   Mark Mothersbaugh 2:03
9. "Cup of Trouble"   performed by Mary Steenburgen 2:24
10. "Archie Gambles"   Mark Mothersbaugh 1:18
11. "Bikini Babes"   Mark Mothersbaugh 0:35
12. "The Penthouse"   Mark Mothersbaugh 1:03
13. "Curtain Confusion"   Mark Mothersbaugh 0:45
14. "You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You"   James Cavanaugh / Russ Morgan / Larry Stock 2:16
15. "Dean Meets Knuckles"   Mark Mothersbaugh 1:13
16. "Sophie's Choice"   Mark Mothersbaugh 2:26
17. "Sam's Realization"   Mark Mothersbaugh 1:29
18. "Only You [Slow Version]"   Performed by Mary Steenburgen 1:58
19. "Paddy Crushed"   Mark Mothersbaugh 2:39
20. "Paddy's Ultimatum"   Mark Mothersbaugh 1:49
21. "Billy Breaks It Packing"   Mark Mothersbaugh 2:29
22. "Bad Scotch"   Mark Mothersbaugh 1:13
23. "Four Fellas"   Mark Mothersbaugh 1:28
24. "Billy's Getting Married"   Mark Mothersbaugh 1:27
25. "I Only Have Eyes For You"   Al Dubin / Harry Warren 2:40
Total length:
41:33[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Last Vegas at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "It’s Official: Morgan Freeman Joins ‘Last Vegas’". Deadline Hollywood. PMC. May 17, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "‘Last Vegas’ Gets December 20, 2013 Release Date". Deadline Hillywood. PMC. September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bachelor Party Comedy Last Vegas Set for a Late-2013 Release". cinemablend. Cinemablend, LLC. September 6, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ "'The Hangover: Geriatric Edition'? 'Last Vegas' begins production – PHOTO". Entertainment Weekly. November 5, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ "‘Last Vegas’ looking for Extras in Atlanta". November 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Last Vegas (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Last Vegas Reviews – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Last Vegas Soundtrack AllMusic. Retrieved February 3, 2014

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