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Honeymoon in Vegas
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by Scott Weinberg

"A cage, a caan, and a stunningly hot blonde."
4 stars

Once in a while, the massive desert that is Modern American Comedy yields an oasis so sweet it simply demands to be appreciated. Andrew Bergman’s Honeymoon in Vegas is one such comedy, and if by some strange quirk of bad taste you’ve never seen this movie, I recommend you stop reading now and head out on to the video store.

Yes, even those who claim to dislike Nic Cage should find something to like with this flick. And if you find yourself not immediately warming up to Honeymoon in Vegas, perhaps you could pencil in a second visit later on. It took me three viewings before I truly fell for this modern mini-classic.

Cage is Jack Singer, a good-natured (if somewhat stressed out) private detective who has A) a stunningly beautiful girlfriend, and B) a deep aversion to marriage. After much good-natured prodding (and the realization that his stunning gal may eventually look elsewhere for a hubby), he finally pops the question and the pair are off to Las Vegas. Contrary to the film’s title, their trip goes anything but wonderfully, and the hapless Jack finds himself deeply in have no idea how deep.

Bottom line is that Jack’s beloved Betsy must now spend an entire weekend with sleazy gambler Tommy Korman - or Jack must face an outlandish debt and probable beating.

That such lightweight material succeeds so well is a testament to the confidence of screenwriter/director Andrew Bergman (of the equally winning The Freshman), and even the filmmaker’s missteps (i.e. a bizarre over-reliance on Elvis impersonators) are charming enough to overlook. Cage delivers his second finest comedic performance to date (for his finest, rent a certain Coen Brothers flick), wavering back and forth between desperately loyal, hilariously guilt-ridden, and unmitigated mania. Sarah Jessica Parker is an absolute jewel here, and her comic chops are nearly the equal of her amazingly long legs.

James Caan is a shameless thief. So effortlessly does he steal this film that it almost makes you feel bad for the other actors. His Tommy Korman is one of the funniest and smarmiest comic villains offered in many a moon, and were Honeymoon in Vegas were an atrocious film - it would still be more than worth sitting through solely for Caan’s performance.

Sure, this whole flick is nothing more than lightweight silliness - but every genre has its arc of excellence, and Honeymoon in Vegas delivers lightweight silliness of the highest possible caliber. Proof positive that light comedy need not be trite and predictable to find an audience, Honeymoon in Vegas is one of the finest ‘cable flicks’ you’re likely to come across.

And anyone who says Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t look delicious in a bikini is either A) blind or B) lying, and she delivers not one but TWO bathing suit scenes! Throw in a few blouses and gowns that intentionally accentuate her massive chest, and you’re looking at a movie with my new favorite costume designer.

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2/18/08 Nutmeg Dan Super Funny- The casting is perfect 5 stars
10/17/04 R.W. Welch Mildly amusing stuff but script isn't that great. 3 stars
3/24/03 Jack Sommersby Fitfully funny. Nothing great, but it puts a smile on your face. 4 stars
1/29/03 Ayatolla of Rockinrolla The most underrated comic performance of recent years by Cage. Great movie! 5 stars
9/01/02 y2mckay Cage with the flying Elvises is amusing. Sarah J. looks good in binkini. That's about it. 3 stars
5/27/02 Nicole Not a very deep plot, but cute & fun to watch 4 stars
4/09/02 Valerie Cameron Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker at their most charming; wish they could always be so. 4 stars
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