Somewhere between John Cassavetes’s “Husbands” (1970) and “The Hangover” (2009) you will find “Last Vegas.” Not necessarily a bad place to be, except the film unfortunately has the madcap hilarity of the former and the emotional intensity of the latter. Throw in the geriatric jokes and smarmy sentimentality of “The Bucket List” (2007) and the result is a joyless buddy movie from genial hack Jon Turtletaub. And this despite having five Oscar winners in the cast.
It begins with a black-and-white shot of the Brooklyn Bridge sadly reminiscent of “Once Upon a Time in America” (1984). “Only You” plays on the trite and intrusive soundtrack, announcing that it’s the ’50s, and the golden, glowing cinematography adds to the nostalgia. The Flatbush Four, a quartet of rascally chums, are up to their usual tricks, stealing a bottle of scotch from the corner liquor store. Kids! Will they never grow up? Cut to “58 years later” (this title card is the funniest thing in the film) and the answer is – not in this movie.