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‘The Hangover’ for old people

The trailer for 'Last Vegas' looks like a glimpse into the future for the Wolf Pack.
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Kiva Reardon, May 17, 2013 2:12:19 PM

Next week will see the conclusion to the immensely popular Hangover franchise. Promising to be “epic,” the Wolf Pack will return to where it all began, the City of Sin, and try to not lose anyone, destroy property, or blackout. (Most likely they will not succeed, because then there wouldn’t be a movie.) While Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Doug (Justin Bartha), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) will be making their final pilgrimage to Vegas, a new group of guys will be heading to same city very soon: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, and Morgan Freeman.

Best summarized as The Hangover for old people, Last Vegas will see this stacked cast face the temptations of America’s debauchery capital (let the Viagra jokes begin!). Douglas plays the last in his circle of friends to tie the knot, so the group seizes the opportunity to shrug off mid-life boredom and plan a bachelor party—60 is the new 30, right? Given the older demographic, this film mostly likely won’t be as crass as The Hangover. And that it was penned by the writer of Crazy, Stupid, Love., Dan Fogelman, suggests it could lean towards the rom-com genre.

The film’s premise is nothing new, but with the caliber of the cast—Douglas, De Niro, Kline, and Freeman have six Oscars and 14 nominations between them—there is the potential for a fresh take on the “final hurrah” party plot. Though after watching the trailer, one thing is certain: these characters might be older than their Hangover counterparts, but they’re certainly not wiser.

Last Vegas hits theatres November 1.

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