"The Hangover" for the AARP crowd?
[Grade: C] Seniors say the darndest things in director Jon Turtletaub's calculated crowd-pleaser, starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline.
City Paper grade: C
Seniors say the darndest things in director Jon Turtletaub’s calculated crowd-pleaser. Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline star as childhood pals reunited in Sin City for one last bachelor party. Douglas’ aging lothario aims to finally tie the knot with a bimbo half his age, much to the consternation of the teasing geezers in his entourage. (“I have a hemorrhoid older than her,” Freeman exclaims, in a line emblematic of Dan Fogelman’s underachieving screenplay.) Don’t expect any Hangover-styled hijinks, as these four not-so-bad grandpas stroll through a few family-friendly, mildly amusing comic interludes largely predicated upon product placement and the gang’s antiquated notions of Rat Pack cool. What passes for conflict concerns an ancient grudge between Douglas and De Niro, here finally hashed out at not inconsiderable length, leaving Freeman and Kline to yuk it up in the background. Douglas gamely sends up his spray-tanned vanity, but the moment he makes eyes at Mary Steenburgen’s sassy lounge singer we know there’s no chance he’s making it to the altar. Freeman busts some graceful moves on the dance floor, Kline shoulders the film’s blessedly few Viagra jokes, and De Niro is a bit more alert than his late-career somnambulist standard. It’s a cast of relaxed old pros with easy chemistry, all of whom seem to be having a great deal of fun. The feeling is almost mutual.