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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
True love will conquer all.
Positive Role Models
Standard, old-fashioned gender roles: Two wannabe Prince Charmings compete for the fair maiden, who is eager to marry. At least she's independent and, despite a few foolish mistakes, intelligent, loyal, and charismatic. The hero, though well-intentioned, consistently makes hasty, bad decisions. He learns some important lessons but probably will continue to act impulsively and unwisely. Incidental ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Two men scuffle. Sparring partners box in a ring. A man briefly holds onto a woman against her will and threateningly gives her orders.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Scenes show lovers in bed, before and after sex, with no actual sexual activity other than kissing and cuddling with bare backs and shoulders in view. Hero imagines his sweetheart being grabbed, touched, and groped by a rival. References to cheating. A man makes a comical reference to dreaming about his mother being naked. Lots of revealing, skimpy, very low-cut clothing, including swimwear and chorus-line costumes.
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Some swearing and repeated mild obscenities: "s--t," "screw," "whore," "pissing," "son of a bitch," "bastard," "schmuck," "set of balls," "goddamn," "hooker."
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Products & Purchases
Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas is featured. Incidental identification of numerous Las Vegas hotels and establishments (Mirage, Binion's, Chapel of the Bells). American Airlines.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcoholic beverages in social settings: at a card game, restaurants, clubs. Cigar smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Honeymoon in Vegas is a '90s comedy that relies on outrageous situations, dimwitted characters who make foolish decisions, and a traditional romantic-story device (boy loves girl, boy loses girl, and, the climactic dilemma -- will boy get girl back?). Set in an extravagant Las Vegas invaded by Elvis Presley impersonators, the movie is a sexual farce without actual sex. Though there's plenty of innuendo, women in sexy clothes, and a plot that has its hero lending his beloved to a shady gambler for a weekend, there's no sexual activity other than a few bedroom scenes with cuddling and kisses between loving partners whose bare backs and shoulders are visible. Occasional obscenities throughout ("whore," "bastard," "screw," "piss," "bastard," "set of balls," "s--t"); drinking and smoking occur in numerous scenes without any drunken behavior. Cameo performances by popular celebrities and actors and a full Elvis Presley score sung by musical stars of 1992 are highlights. Lowlights include the "woman as chattel" mindset and the overall teasing emphasis on women as sexual objects. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Almost all the screwball comedy ingredients are in place: a fast-paced, farcical plot involving a hoped-for marriage, a divide between the classes, and ridiculous plot turns. Nick Cage and James Caan play the fools well; Sarah Jessica Parker manages to give her character some nuance and genuine feeling (all while looking great in the terrific wardrobe that was chosen for her). Andrew Bergman, the writer-director, uses iconic Elvis songs, covered by some major music stars of the 1990s (Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Billy Joel), to underscore the comic moments (for example, "Jailhouse Rock" as Jack spends some time in jail). And while there are some truly funny situations and witty repartee, as well as several terrific cameo performances (Peter Boyle, Pat Morita, Anne Bancroft, among others), they're not enough to sustain the dated plot and the central idea that one man can contract out "possession" of the woman he loves. Bergman had earlier successes with wonderful, character-rich comedies (The In-Laws,The Freshman), but Honeymoon in Vegas doesn't resonate today as those films do. There are funnier and more romantic screwball comedies for families to watch together.
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