The Plot:Just like the 1982 Bollywood fun-ema, "Shaukeen" where 3 old boys took a trip to have some adult fun, this Hollywood geriatric comedy takes 4 Hollywood legends to a very predictable place "Las Vegas" for some juvenile horseplay. Michael Douglas (Billy), the colourful oldie proposes a young bimbette for marriage and she agrees. So, it's time for one more bachelor party involving his best friends of yore. Like any reunion film, these oldies have some unresolved issues, which pop up as the movie goes along. So Morgan Freeman (Archie) who wants to break free from his over protective son and is itching to have some fun, Kevin Kline (Sam) who is suffering from a mid-life crisis and Robert De Niro (Paddy) who is grumpy and grieving the death of his wife, join Michael in his life's late evening sparkle. And then starts a predictable list of parties, alcohol, gambling and jokes on old people that we have heard for decades!
The Pluses:The veterans add the zing into the movie, which is devoid of any novelty. The story, screenplay, jokes are as old as it's protagonists, but their child-like energy at this ripe age is what makes the movie enjoyable while it lasts. The chemistry between De Niro and Douglas is real fun, and it's refreshing to see Morgan playing a character that is utterly un-Godly. Apart from its heroes the movie really doesn't have any real draw.
The Popcorn Worthiness:Though this is not really "Hangover", the old guys do well to keep the film going. But the problem is that the director Turteltaub tries hard to make you laugh, but everything that happens either makes you go "WTF" or "Not that again". Like who would give a bunch of lecherous old guys - having to go Via-Agra to reach the Capital, the chance to judge a bikini show? Anyway, its not really mandatory viewing and you could wait for the DVD to come out. So if you are not a big fan of the Quartet, then catch something else this week!
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