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Last Vegas (2013)

Details Release Date: Nov 01, 2013; Rated: PG-13; Length: 90 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline; Distributor: CBS Films

Four old boyhood friends, played by Oscar-winning legends, hit Las Vegas for a bachelor party — one of them, Billy (Michael Douglas), is now engaged to a woman half his age after a lifetime spent resisting matrimony. Perhaps you think you know what's coming. ''I swear the movie is better than The Hangover meets Grumpy Old Men,'' says director Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure). ''The Hangover is the bane of my existence. Our script was written before The Hangover. But at least we're not getting compared to a s--- movie.''

Plus, there are perks to directing such pedigreed stars — like pumping Kevin Kline for Big Chill stories. Or learning that Morgan Freeman is great at playing drunk (who knew?). Or jumping in the front seat of a cab when Robert De Niro films a scene in the back on the way to see a lounge singer played by another Oscar winner, Mary Steenburgen. ''I'm never on camera,'' says Turteltaub, ''but he had told me a story about when Marty Scorsese played the guy in the back of the cab in Taxi Driver.'' Amazingly, none of these heavyweights — ''my personal icons,'' as Freeman describes them — had ever worked together on screen before.

Originally posted Aug 09, 2013 Published in issue #1272-1273 Aug 16, 2013 Order article reprints