Getting old sucks, 3.5 readers.
BQB here with a review of “The Last Laugh.”
Here’s something I’ve learned over the years. No one really WANTS to check out of life. Your grandpa doesn’t really like sitting in his rocking chair all day and eating dinner at 4. Unfortunately, the body gives out and sooner or later, if you don’t slow down then your body will do it for you.
Al Hart and Buddy Green (Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss) are two old timers who despise the retired life. 50 years ago, Buddy was an up and coming stand-up comedian who was about to make it big when he decided to put the glitz behind him and become a podiatrist, much to the disappointment of his manager, Al.
Today, Al is at the end of his talent management career, not by choice but because all of his clients got old and died. When his granddaughter (Kate Miccuci) checks him in at an old folks’ home, he is reunited with Buddy and they decide to take to the road, booking appearances at dive comedy clubs across the country, all in the hopes of snagging every comedian’s dream, a set on one of the late night comedy shows.
It’s a road trip. There are some decent laughs. It’s a bit sad as it highlights how old people are basically young people trapped in bodies that are falling apart. Andie MacDowell stars as Chevy’s love interest. Part of me was happy to see her in a movie again and part of me realized that women may have a point about bias in the entertainment industry as Chevy and Richard look like a pair wet old farts but of course, they had to find the hottest old lady imaginable to tag along. God forbid Chevy hooks up with someone who looks like your actual grandma.
It’s not a movie I’d rush to see but I suppose that’s the beauty of Netflix. Just as Al gives his old friend one last shot at stardom, this streaming service is giving geezers who would normally be shipped off to the old fart home another chance to entertain.