This Rotten Week: Predicting Ender's Game, Last Vegas and Free Birds Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2013-10-27 17:12:16discussion comments
Last Vegas
Ah Las Vegas, where storied and successful acting careers go to die. Hey, what happens there, stays there right? Hopefully thatís the case with this flick, because it looks pretty meh. Why any of these guys thought this storyline was a good idea is beyond me. Maybe they owed John Turteltaub a favor? Or more likely, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline all got drunk at Nobu one night, and talked themselves into a coming-of-old-age comedy as an excuse to hang out in Sin City together for an extended shoot.

However it came about, this a group sporting a combined fourteen Academy Award nominations and five wins. Theyíve played Gordon Gekko, Travis Bickle, Vito Corleone, Red, Joe Clark, and President Dave Kovic (hey, some roles are meatier than others). Theyíve covered the pantheon of Hollywood greatness, and at one time or another been considered some of the best in the industry. Now they are playing Billy, Paddy, Sam and Archie, four soon-to-be geriatrics off to Vegas to crack old people jokes (presumably involving Viagra/ needing sleep) and work on redefining the bounds of their long-running friendships.

Granted it might not be all awful. From the trailer, it looks like the flick has its moments. Though, even from the two minute snippet, thereís an over reliance on the circumstances that go along with becoming old. Most of it looks straight out of the senior citizen-cliche playbook. There was probably a chance to put together a winning comedy with the talent here, but I sincerely doubt it happened.

Turteltaub directs and his recent resume of The Sorcererís Apprentice (41%), National Treasure (45%) and National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (35%) does little to inspire any real confidence, and probably dictates a safe range for his latest. Itíll fall into that "not dreadful but far from good" area like his other work. And maybe these dudes do a sequel that has them sneaking out of the old folkís home and heading back to the Vegas strip. The Rotten Watch for Last Vegas is 45%

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