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Last Vegas is a 2013 comedy film starring Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, and Michael Douglas.

Billy, Paddy, Archie, and Sam are childhood friends from Flatbush, Brooklyn, who call themselves The Flatbush Four, and who are now approaching their senior years. Paddy (De Niro) is in mourning for his wife, Sophie, who died the year before. Archie (Freeman) is a happy grandfather who's recently had a stroke and whose son tries to prevent him from having a second stroke by keeping Archie "out of trouble". Sam (Kline) is happily married, but feeling detached in his everyday life. Finally, Billy (Douglas), at the age of 70, has decided to marry a 31-year-old and that the Flatbush Four need to reunite one last time for a bachelor party in Las Vegas. Along the way, they meet Diane (Mary Steenburgen), a former tax attorney turned lounge singer. Both Paddy and Billy fall in love with her, and an argument dating back to Sophie threatens to tear the group apart again.

This film contains examples of:

  • As Himself: 50 Cent and Redfoo.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The first woman that Sam tries to proposition turns out to be Wholesome Crossdresser Maurice. The scene cuts away from them for a bit, then cuts back to them discussing surgery, and how it's a big step, leading the viewer to believe they're talking about Maurice transitioning to female — only for it to turn out they're talking about a pro sports player's injury.
  • Book Ends: The movie opens and closes with Billy calling his friends to tell them he's engaged.
  • Brick Joke: During both the Book End conversations, Archie assumes that Billy's calling about bad news, and assumes it's about his prostate.
  • The Cameo: Both 50 Cent and Redfoo appear As Themselves.
  • The Chanteuse: Diane has embarked on this career after she was divorced and downsized in short order. Her story implies that she's really a tax consultant for the casino owner, but he lets her sing as well.
  • Childhood Friends: The Flatbush Four consisted of Billy, Paddy, Archie, Sam, and Sophie.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All of the guys count, but Archie gets a special mention over his blasé concern for his health condition. After his son Ezra shows up worried that his father could've had another stroke, we get this gem courtesy of Archie:
    Archie: It won't recur so long as I take the damn pills. If it does I'll just die then won't I?
  • Disposable Fiancé: Lisa barely shows up in the movie, and is summarily dumped when she does arrive near the end.
  • Fanservice Extra:
    • The four get themselves picked as judges for a bikini contest which consists almost entirely of these.
    • Nearly every woman present at the party near the end is one, wearing very skimpy clothing and dancing in the background while plot happens.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Sam and Archie tell Paddy that Billy isn't going to Vegas to persuade him to come. Paddy then spends the entire trip grumbling and grousing about how Billy is too busy to join his "three oldest friends" in Vegas. Then, when they land, he sees Billy and is angry that he is there.
  • The Last Title: The title refers to the advanced age of the protagonists meaning that the odds are good they won't get to do this again.
  • Love Triangle: Billy and Paddy were sweet on Sophie when they were children, but she chose Paddy after visiting Billy that night, who told her to go to Paddy. Later, both of them fall for Diane and this time, Billy wins her over.
  • May–December Romance: Billy is turning 70. His fiancé is 31.
  • No Antagonist: The film doesn't have a villain, the main conflicts coming from friction between the four protagonists, primarily Paddy and Billy.
  • Photo-Booth Montage: The intro uses this to introduce us to the members of the Flatbush Four.
  • Rule of Pool: Billy shoves Paddy into an indoor pool at the bachelor party and Paddy returns the favor the next day. In both cases, they're doing it to delay the other person so that they can explain the truth to a potential romance interest.
  • Sexy Surfacing Shot: During the first scene when the guys are out at the pool, there is a beautiful girl in a red bikini coming out of the water.
  • Stag Party: The main plot of the movie involves throwing a fancy bachelor party for Billy.
  • Viva Las Vegas!: While almost the entirety of the movie is set in Vegas, the characters are visiting, and they fit the tropes. Archie wins big at blackjack. Billy gets married. Sam's wife gives him a card with a condom and a tablet of Viagra as well as a note that "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas". Several Las Vegas landmarks show up including the Stratosphere Roller Coaster and the Neon Sign Graveyard.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Maurice, a Madonna Drag Queen impersonator. Sam starts out trying to pick "her" up, but then strikes a friendship with him after realizing the mistake. Maurice later shows up to the party with his wife.