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Parents' Guide to

Honeymoon in Vegas

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dated screwball comedy has sexual situations, profanity.

Movie PG-13 1992 96 minutes
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age 13+

Screwball comedy whose soundtrack is heavily driven with Elvis music.

The story is about a man named Jack Singer (Nicolas Cage) who is terrified of commitment, and promised his mother on her death bed he would never wed. However, this creates a problem for him when his relationship with Betsy Nolan (Sarah Jessica Parker) goes stale. The two decide to tie the knot and go to Las Vegas. While there Jack meets a conniving and charismatic mobster named Tommy Korman (James Caan) who challenges him to a poker game. After losing the game, Jack uses Betsy as collateral and she spends a weekend with Korman. However, Jack doesn't know that Korman schemes to marry Betsy because she resembles his deceased wife. Now Jack must lie, steal and do all kinds of things to win her back. The movie is filled with an abundance of Elvis Presley songs, some are covered by various artists. Contains some sexual references and mild language, best suited for ages 13+.

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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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