City of sin shines bright in “Last Vegas”

Four friends reunite for one last wild night

There’s nothing better than good friends, good laughs and good times. “Last Vegas,” starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, incorporates all three.

When Billy, played by Douglas, announces his engagement to a woman much younger than he is, his three best friends from childhood race to Vegas to celebrate his last few days as a bachelor.

Not everything about the reunion is cheerful, though. Grudges between Paddy, played by De Niro and Billy arise, creating tension that carries on throughout the movie. Sam, played by Kline, is in the middle of an unhappy marriage, and Archie, played by Freeman, is dealing with the sometimes unfortunate side effects of growing older.

Although predictable at times, “Last Vegas” has lots of laughs and just enough drama to keep you enthralled in the film.

More importantly, the movie provides an important message about getting older: everybody has to do it sometimes. Although hardships and conflict may arise, life must go on. “Vegas” teaches us, however, that good friends can make those hardships a little less severe.

If you are looking for a good movie to see “Last Vegas,” directed by Jon Turteltaub, will provide you with huge laughs, along with an important message to take with you long after the movie ends.