Last Vegas

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Old timers' The Hangover with plenty of heart.
  • PG-13
  • 2013
  • 104 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Friendship and loyalty are what can get you through life, and the four main characters in this film have been pals for close to 60 years. Even when they are justifiably angry with each other, they can't forget their history, and recognize that this kind of longtime relationship sustains them all.

Positive role models & representations

The four main characters all have some growing up to do, including a married man who's tempted to cheat, a grieving widower who must learn to enjoy life again, and a lifelong bachelor who needs to figure out why he's never been willing to commit.

Violence

An angry woman slaps her boyfriend during a heated and emotional argument. A teenage boy punches an older bully. Later, an older man punches a twenty-something bully.

Sex

Numerous scenes featuring gratuitous shots of scantily clad women, in their underwear, in bikinis, in short dresses and revealing tops. Some suggestive flirting. One character's wife gives him a condom and a "free pass" for the weekend. He is tempted to cheat on her with a younger woman who undresses and kisses him; no body parts are visible. A couple is shown in bed, under the covers, relaxing after having sex. 

Language

Moderate swearing, including "ass," "s--t," "damn," "balls," "p---k," "--sshole," and one well-timed "f--k."

Consumerism

The Aria hotel in Las Vegas in the main setting in the film. It's mentioned by name many times, and numerous scenes feature its logo and other branded images. Southwest Airlines gets prominent placement in two airport scenes. Many other Las Vegas casinos make brief appearances when the film shows street scenes. A few well-known alcoholic drinks get screen time, including Stella Artois beer and Grey Goose vodka.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

The main characters frequently drink while relaxing or at parties. Nightclub and party scenes feature many people drinking and show bars covered with bottles of liquor. The scenes suggest that drinking heavily is a major part of an enjoyable night, though one character later blames his rude and inconsiderate behavior on having too much to drink.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Last Vegas features four lifelong pals who reconnect during a drink-filled bachelor weekend in Las Vegas. There's plenty of wild parties, trips to nightclubs, and even a bikini contest, all well-lubricated with lots of liquor. Expect some swearing, as well as many, many scenes with women in very scanty outfits, though no actual nudity. At the heart of the film is a sweet story about friendship and the definition of true love.

User Reviews

Adult Written byjoshua martinez November 11, 2013

14 and up.

las vagas is an average drama movie about friendship stars with four talented actors Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Michael Douglas with all t... Continue reading
Adult Written byDan G. November 19, 2013

Not explicit, but too much adult content for children

Besides being pretty boring, the movie contains too much objectionable material for children. None of it is explicit, but the consistent undercurrent of this m... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byStevie111 November 4, 2013

Hysterical Bachelor Party Comedy

This had the potential to be one of those movies with a cast that promises a hit, but it turns out to be plain bad. This wasn't even close to that scenario... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 10, 2013

What's the story?

Lifelong friends Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman), and Sam (Kevin Kline), agree to reunite in Las Vegas to celebrate the impending marriage of the fourth member of their childhood quartet, Billy (Michael Douglas). But there's one problem: Paddy isn't speaking to Billy, and Billy may have lingering questions he needs answering before he can say "I do." LAST VEGAS follows the men as they joke about their health, their stamina during some raucous nights on the town, and the choices they have made in their lives.

Is it any good?

What a joy it is to see this fantastic foursome together onscreen in a film that explores, albeit with a light touch, the vagaries of aging and the burdens and joys of friendship through the years. It's fun, it's silly, it's The Hangover four decades later -- without the uber-crass parts.

But is it original? The answer will have to be no, since there are no new insights in this deft, but fairly standard, buddy comedy. Had the casting been more unconventional -- say, De Niro as the suave, successful Hollywood guy instead of the crabby Brooklynite he plays, or even Freeman, for that matter -- Last Vegas would've been more memorable. If it had any other epiphanies besides that long friendships are rare and valuable, and long, solid marriages, too, even more so. Prepare to see it for the actors, but not for any refreshing perspectives.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the lifelong relationships between the four main characters. Why are some of them angry at each other? How do friendships change over time? Who is your oldest friend?

  • What messages does the movie send about alcohol and drinking? How would the story have been different if no one drank?

  • How would this movie have been different if the four friends were female?

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