THREE DAYS TO VEGAS: DVD
When Fritz (Peter Falk) learns that his daughter, Liz (Nancy Young) is getting married in Las Vegas at week's end to Laurent Perrier, (Chris Diamantopolous), he gathers his cronies Wallace (Rip Torn), Dominic (George Segal), and Marvin (Bill Cobbs) and Liz's ex, Billy (Billy Burke) for the trip from Ft. Lauderdale to keep her from making a huge mistake. They take a well accessorized limo bus, with driver Antoine (Taylor Negron), who likes to have too good a time - they leave him to his own Thelma & Louise journey to Mississippi with his new friend Chris (Mario Cantone). Without a suitable driver, they spend the night in New Orleans with Marvin's nephew, the famous rap star, The Flow (Coolio). He helps them reach Vegas before the wedding, but not in time to get it called off. With their arrival, the wedding doesn't exactly go as planned for Laurent and Liz, or for anyone else.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Especially appealing to the age group who recognise the names of the senior cast, this high jinx comedy is like a party balloon - plenty of colour and movement. And grandpa can watch it with the grandkids for the rapper concert ... It's easy to take, and is peppered with plenty of bikini babes in Florida to start with. The screenplay is like instant soup, but who cares; frolic is the game. And it gets better as it goes along.
Besides, the old timers are all seasoned pros and make the thing work with sheer chutzpah. Peter Falk as Fritz (whose wonky eye seems wonkier) leads the troupe in a road movie peppered with adventure and bickering. The trip is intended to avert the marriage disaster of Fritz's daughter Liz (Nancy Young) to a silly Frenchman, played by Chris Diamantopolous with a bad accent. Nancy's ex, Billy (Billy Burke) arranges the transport so he can tag along, still keen to get back with Liz.
When they stop at the rapper The Flow's (Coolio) splendid pad on the way (the star is Marvin's (Bill Cobbs) nephew, things start jumping. Intercut with their trip to Vegas is the fateful (and funny) story of abandoned driver Antoine (Taylor Negron) and his close friend Chris (Mario Cantone), worth his weight in gold, as they go on a shop robbing spree.
And when they get to Vegas, it's more party, party, party ... and justice for all.
Published February 12, 2009
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THREE DAYS TO VEGAS: DVD (M)
CAST: Peter Falk, George Segal, Rip Torn, Bill Cobbs, Billy Burke, Nancy Young, Chris Diamnatopoulos, Taylor Negron, Mario Cantone, Coolio, Charlie Murphy
PRODUCER: Micheal Pietrzak
DIRECTOR: Charles Picerni
SCRIPT: Micheal Pietrzak, Jon Warner, Charles Picerni
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tom Priestley jr
EDITOR: Lane Farnham, Ryan Folsey
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Eric Weiler
RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes
PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Peacock Films
DVD RELEASE: April 21, 2008
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