Honeymoon Academy

HONEYMOON ACADEMY brings a diverse group of talented actors and comedians into a third-rate spy spoof. Simple minded and badly written, HONEYMOON ACADEMY stars Robert Hays (AIRPLANE!) as Sean, a rather dim-witted intellectual who falls in love at first sight with Chris (Kim Cattrall). Though his beloved is actually employed by the State Department, working...read more

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HONEYMOON ACADEMY brings a diverse group of talented actors and comedians into a third-rate spy spoof. Simple minded and badly written, HONEYMOON ACADEMY stars Robert Hays (AIRPLANE!) as Sean, a rather dim-witted intellectual who falls in love at first sight with Chris (Kim Cattrall).

Though his beloved is actually employed by the State Department, working as a courier who pays off blackmailers, Sean believes her cover as a travel agent. The two are married within six weeks, and given a European vacation as a wedding present by Chris' boss. She apparently isn't much smarter

than her new husband, and doesn't realize the "gift" is a scheme to get her to do one last job. International crook Lazos (Christopher Lee, who is completely wasted in his cameo role) has made a set of perfect counterfeit $20 bill plates that he wants to sell to the US government, and Chris, of

course, is the only go-between he trusts. She can't tell Sean about any of this, making for humorous complications when her old spy friends show up, as do a group of enemy agents who try to keep her from getting the plates. When Chris' meeting with Lazos goes sour and he is shot, Lazos--in a scene

reminiscent of Hitchcock's THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH--hands Sean a clue to the whereabouts of the plates and whispers into the bookworm's ear before dying. A series of car chases involving Chris, Sean, and a whole slew of spies, a totally ridiculous escape, and a not-so-surprising plot twist ensue

before a funny ending rounds out this disjointed film.

It's hard to tell what director-cowriter Gene Quintano wanted to accomplish with HONEYMOON ACADEMY. Each time the film begins to show some evidence of creativity, Quintano moves it in another direction. The slapstick-based comedy of Chris and Sean's honeymoon (which, unknown to Sean, is really a

spy mission) ends with Lazos' entrance, moving into Hitchcockian spoof. Quintano fails to follow through with that spoof, however; instead, he gives us a car chase and the Three Stooges of spying. Genuinely creative and funny, the apparent conclusion follows, only to be ruined by a poor plot

twist. Then Quintano comes up with another genuinely humorous moment at the film's very end.

Perhaps Quintano meant HONEYMOON ACADEMY to be more than just a cute little spy comedy. But if he wanted to impress us with clever cinematic references, he should have followed through in his take-offs of older movies; and if he wanted to make an action film, he needn't have cast romantic leads

Hays and Cattrall. As it is, HONEYMOON ACADEMY fails even as a caper comedy, because its reach so far exceeds its grasp. It's a very disappointing film. (Violence.)

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