[IMDB link] [Netflix link] Carolyn had seen this, but I hadn’t. How can we NOT watch a movie about a honeymoon in Vegas, when our own honeymoon was in Las Vegas?! P.S. HAPPY 14th/22nd ANNIVERSARY CAROLYN!!!!
PEOPLE: Directed by Andrew Bergman, who I’d never seen a movie he directed by. But I have seen movies he wrote: Soapdish, Oh, God! You Devil, Fletch. He wrote Blazing Saddles but it’s too old for my taste.
Starring Nicolas Cage, Sarah Jessica Parker (back when she was hot and 26 years old), and James Caan. KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNN!!!! Did not realize James Caan was a voice in Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, and I’d already forgotten him in Elf. I certainly don’t remember him from Misery, Dick Tracy, or Alien Nation, and I never saw him in The Godfather because those movies totally disinterest me.
I totally recognized Mr. Miagi in this! Pat Morita… in a comedic role? I only really remember him from The Karate Kid (which, if you re-watch, is not the great movie we thought it was when we were kids).
And a brief, annoying role by Ben Stein!
PLOT SUMMARY: Nicolas Cage has trouble committing to marriage. A powerful mobster(?) ends up trying to steal Sarah Jessica Parker away from him. How will he save his relationship? Did he already doom it?
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ Man’s fear of commitment turns fiancee into whore.
QUIRKS: Comedy! Relationship troubles! Nicolage Cage losing his shit! Sarah Jessica Parker with less horse-face than usual, and a better body! Las Vegas! Casinos! Poker! Elvis impersonators! Neurotic mother issues! People who think Mike Tyson is fucking their wife! Hawaii! Mr. Miagi! Skydiving!
VISUALS: Always pleasing to see Las Vegas, one of the coolest looking cities on the planet. And it’s also nice to be able to look at Sarah Jessica Parker without feeling any revulsion.
The opening animated sequence was pretty cool.
SOUNDTRACK: EVERY Vegas movie needs to include “Viva! Las Vegas”, but did they have to choose the Springsteen version? How ’bout the Dead Kennedys version?! :) Lots of Elvis songs too, but did they really have to use an Amy Grant cover of Elvis? Amy Grant! Haha! Never would have heard of her if not for a “concerned” Christian classmate who copied me an Amy Grant cassette hoping to turn me to Jesus. BWAHAHAHHAAAHA Fuck Jesus up the ass.
MORALS: Sometimes failure of commitment will put you in an even worse place than committing too soon. Know where the line is supposed to be drawn.
GOOD STUFF: Nicolas Cage losing his shit is ALWAYS funny, and there are some RIDICULOUS moments in this movie. [highlight for spoilers]→ Skydiving Elvises? Check! It definitely has a good screwball angle, which makes things enjoyable.
BAD STUFF: The story would never work today, with cell phones. And it’s slightly cheesy, but that may just be 1992 talking.
CONCLUSION: A light-hearted, fluffy romantic comedy/screwball adventure, perfect for people that honeymooned in Las Vegas (like we did), love seeing Nicolas Cage losing his shit, or need to be reminded that Sarah Jessica Parker was once a knockout babe, despite her horse face.
Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.8/10, Netflix: 3.1/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.0/5 stars–slightly lower than average).
RECOMMENDATION: Definitely not a must-see, but if it strikes your fancy, it’s still entertaining.
SIMILAR MOVIES: Indecent Proposal, except the rich guy in this movie is WAYYYY more of an asshole.
MOVIE QUOTE: Nicolas Cage: “People get married and then they do the most hideous, unbelievable things to each other.” (more…)