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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Moderate swearing, including "ass," "s--t," "damn," "balls," "p---k," "--sshole," and one well-timed "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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