Originally appeared on NUFEC.com, 11/1/2013.
is a hard movie to write about. I hated the first third of the film,
which is filled with classic Las Vegas “musts.” We dig slightly below
the surface on issues held by aging men, while watching women be shown
for sexual appeal. The major manifestation of this is when four men
judge a bikini contest. Need I say more?
However, while this problem does stay subtly in the background for
most of the film, it tries to become something more. Issues like how to
treat sick older family members, or how to overcome the sadness of
losing one’s spouse, are explored. It doesn’t do a bad job, but it’s
also nowhere near as successful as many films have been before and will
should also note that there is one woman who is not there for sexiness,
but she is there sort of as a plot point. Last Vegas will definitely not
pass the Bechdel Test, as not only is she the only notable female
character, but her purpose is to be the object of two male friends’
desires. This really at the heart of the sour taste Last Vegas left in
my mouth. Despite some attempts to deal with actual issues, it still
relies on morally dubious mainstream conventions that ultimately subvert
some of the moral points made by the end of the film (which I won’t
spoil). This "fun" movie left me feeling quite sad and frustrated, even
though it wasn't that bad.