Tonight they’re gonna party like it’s 1959. That’s the essence of this post-Hangover geezers-on-the-razz hit comedy from National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub, who had the unenviable task of marshalling four seniors of no small reputation to play childhood friends. Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline are reunited in Vegas for the bachelor party of Michael Douglas’s Malibu wheeler-dealer, who’s marrying a woman of “almost 32”. To which double divorcee Freeman replies, “I have a haemorrhoid that’s almost 32.” The ailment gags come thick and fast in Dan Fogelman’s well-intentioned screenplay, which manages to mock the oldies while gently challenging ageism. But there’s little we haven’t seen before, as the quartet rediscover a youthful spark, judging a poolside beauty contest, dancing with transvestites and not recognising rapper 50 Cent. There are issues, too: De Niro is a grump because he forwent his wife’s funeral and Kline’s suburban Florida retiree has been given a “free pass” by his wife. Hey, at least it’s not Bad Grandpa.
As Jenna Coleman steps into the Empress of India’s shoes on TV tomorrow, time to compare and contrast with Emily Blunt, who shines in this elegant historical drama as the teenage princess in the middle of a royal power struggle.
6.40-8.30pm Horror Channel Here’s how you make a debut – Steven Spielberg’s 1971 made-for-TV movie is little more than a man (Dennis Weaver) in a car being pursued by a monster truck. But what tension, what a talent, what a film.
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