I have been seeing movies at the theater regularly, at least once per week. I watch blockbusters (and not-so-much-blockbusters) at my local megaplex. I also became a member at a nearby “art house” theater that screens documentaries and other films that don’t receive major distribution. This theater also has a full bar and high quality snacks, which adds to the experience. Even the popcorn is healthier (I asked). I tend to go to late afternoon matinees because the tickets are half-price.
Recently I saw the movie “Last Vegas” with a friend close to my age of 62. If you haven’t heard of or seen this movie, IMDbn summarizes it as follows: “Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.”
The stars of Last Vegas are Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert Niro, and Kevin Kline. It would be hard to make a bad movie with that combination. In the case of Last Vegas, Mary Steenburgen plays a major role and she really made the movie for me.
I liked this movie because (a) all of the major characters are generally in my age category and (b) the story lines resonated with me, as they likely would with many other baby boomers. Indeed, I have a group of friends I have known since high school that I could imagine living out “Last Vegas” in real life.
It’s primarily a comedy, of course, but it contains much more than gags about older guys getting in trouble in Las Vegas. This is a story about friendship. There are stories of unresolved conflict between friends, overcoming the physical limitations of age, and opening up to the possibilities of new relationships and new experiences after spending many years stuck in a rut.
Mary Steenburgen deserves special mention here. First, she looks fabulous at age 60. Unlike most of the women featured in my “defy your age” post, it seems that Ms. Steenburgen is mostly in original condition – no plastic surgery beyond some Botox. She is even honest and open about her age. How refreshing is that among celebrities?
Also, Ms. Steenburgen demonstrates excellent musical chops. She plays a lounge singer in Last Vegas. She does her own singing. She even wrote one of the songs herself. After I saw the movie, I learned that she and her husband Ted Danson now live in Nashville (my home base) so that she can pursue her late blooming career as a songwriter and singer. (You should read the story about how her interest in music suddenly developed later in her life.)
Here’s the bottom line: Go have some fun and see Last Vegas while it is still in the theaters. Then talk about it with your boomer friends.