An amiable, if instantly forgettable, comedy, saved from oblivion by Nicolas Cage in medium-wacky mode.
Cage plays Jack Singer, a New York private detective haunted by his late mother's deathbed plea that he never marry. When, after years of procrastination, he finally pops the question to his schoolteacher girlfriend Betsy (Sarah Jessica Parker), she can't believe he's serious. "I must be serious,"
he replies, as his immobile car halts an angry line of traffic--"My legs are paralyzed."
Jack comes up against more than commitment angst when the couple fly to Vegas to tie the knot. He takes time out for a few rounds of poker before the ceremony and ends up losing big to Tommy (James Caan), a pro gambler who's willing to accept a weekend with Betsy in lieu of the $65,000 Jack owes
him. Tommy's dastardly plan is to whisk Betsy (who's a dead ringer for his late wife) off to Hawaii for a romantic weekend that will convince her he's the man she needs.
HONEYMOON IN VEGAS has its fair share of snappy one-liners and a goofy visual sense that fits the material, with Bergman getting a lot of mileage out of an Elvis look-alike convention taking place in the couple's hotel. Sarah Jessica Parker does what little she's asked to do with style, and James
Caan is clearly at home playing a lizard who nearly has you thinking he's a nice guy. It's Nicolas Cage, though, who walks off with the show, thanks to his trademark blend of the sentimental and absurd. The final scene has him returning to Vegas in a desperate bid to save his loved one. Only Cage
could make that return via parachute, wearing an illuminated Elvis costume, and still seem believable. Viva Las Vegas.
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- Released: 1992
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: An amiable, if instantly forgettable, comedy, saved from oblivion by Nicolas Cage in medium-wacky mode. Cage plays Jack Singer, a New York private detective haunted by his late mother's deathbed plea that he never marry. When, after years of procrastinati… (more)