Viva ‘Last Vegas’ for old time’s sake

Undated Film Still Handout from Last Vegas. Pictured: l-r Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Universal Pictures UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Undated Film Still Handout from Last Vegas. Pictured: l-r Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Universal Pictures UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

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With a quartet of seasoned campaigners and a backdrop of Las Vegas, you really can’t go wrong with ‘Last Vegas’.

You can feel the excitement and anticipation building (and that’s before Kevin Kline reaches for the Viagra) as the opening credits roll and the scene is set for the rekindling of the bond of true friendship spawned in the streets of Brooklyn.

Fast forward to Las Vegas and you find the four re-united for a stag party to end all stag parties.

This had all the makings of a toe-curling cheesy younger version of ‘The Hangover’, but what you get instead is a delightful scenario played out by four true professionals, this time reuniting as sexagenarians with various ailments and hang-ups.

The engagement of Billy (Michael Douglas) brings the four together after he proposes to his 32-year-old girlfriend (Bre Blair) at a funeral. It emerges Billy lost the love of his life to best friend Paddy (Robert De Niro) and has been commitment-shy ever since.

This film flows from one hilarious scene to the other with brilliant performances from all four in this gem directed by Jon Turteltaub. Great entertainment.