Family Movie Review: Last Vegas (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13        Length: 105 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 15+. The film is about senior-citizen men gaining their mojo back with a weekend in Las Vegas, so the jokes and a large part of the film’s focus are sexual. There is a lot of sexual innuendo and jokes; implied sexual activity and some nudity (butts!); a bikini-judging contest; a man thrusting his crotch in another man’s face; and cursing and drinking. Also some brawls between old friends and a character grieving over the death of his wife.

‘Last Vegas’ gets some mileage out of seeing legendary actors like Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman finally share the screen. But the film’s expected narrative and frustrating treatment of female characters leave a lot to be desired.

By Roxana Hadadi

How long until “The Hangover” effect wears off, you think? Because “Last Vegas” could not be any more clear about its intention to be a senior-citizen version of that absurdly successful R-rated comedy. Although it hesitates to go into R territory, it doesn’t veer away from a clichéd storyline, (mostly) underwritten female characters, and as much sex as it can get away with. Creativity is not something “Last Vegas” has to offer.