#20 Honeymoon in Vegas

#20 Honeymoon in Vegas
Year: 1992
Director: Andrew Bergman
MPAA Rating:  PG-13 
Epic Co-stars: Burton Gilliam, James Caan, Sarah Jessica Parker
Running Time: 96 mins
Cage Time: ~80%
Cage Kills: 0
Cage Flip-outs: 6
James' Review: Honeymoon in Vegas is another great example of where Nic Cage has proven that he can do comedy and pull it off pretty well despite the movie not being very funny.  It proves that Nic Cage is basically an insurance policy for movies that are in that dark grey area between "meh" and "blah".  Buy the insurance and sleep well at night knowing that your mediocre script / production will actually turn out to be pretty entertaining thanks to the magic man known as Dr. Cage.

Nic Cage plays Jack Singer who is a nice guy and seems to be a decent boyfriend to his girlfriend Betsy (Sarah Jessica Parker).  Betsy is getting a bit antsy about the marriage thing and finally Jack agrees to marry her in Vegas after fearing that she may dump him.  After a quick flight to Vegas and some stalling Jack finds himself at a poker table with Tommy Korman (James Caan) and several of his cronies.  A hop skip and a jump later Korman has swindled Singer out of more cash than he makes in a year and Korman ends up with his sweet little bride-to-be.  This mediocre script has served softball pitch to the doctor and he proceeds to knock it out of the park.

In Honeymoon in Vegas Cage gives a world class performance as does James Caan.  As Tommy Korman, James Caan plays a perfect slimy bastard who will stop and nothing of execute his wife stealing plan.  In doing this he also becomes a pretty great villain who a lot of fun to hate while watching.  As he drags Singer along on this "crazy adventure", Cage has more than enough chances to have many memorable and entertaining flip-outs.

Just when you think you've seen it all Dr. Cage pulls out some  fresh facial expressions and COMPLETELY BLOWS YOUR MIND.

A few additional enhancements that deserve mention are as follows:
  • Being shot in 1992 everyone is wearing pleated pants, which I find highly enjoyable.
  • In 1992 Sara Jessica Parker was pretty damn hot.  I did not remember this.  Unfortunately since then things haven't gone well for her (see picture below).
  • 8-ball jacket.  Enough said.

Nicolas Cage has aged better over the years than his co-star.  The picture above shows a picture of the two actors in 1992 (left) and then again in 2011 (right).

Overall this movie is really worth seeing for Nic Cage and James Caan (and even SJP).  It takes Cage on a wacky adventure and gives you the chance to see him flip out in a multitude of different situations spanning different states and various modes of transportation.  Cage is funny when he needs to be, crazy when he needs to be, and all around wonderful through the entire thing.  It may not completely blow your mind (despite the range of facial expressions), but it will satisfy your Cage hunger while also surprising you with how much you actually liked it (because you know you think it's going to suck). 
Movie quotability:
  • "I wanna get you into that room, tear that bedspread off and... YOU-HOO! CAN I GET A ROOM?"
  • "It's not guts, it's realism."
  • "HEY! I KNOW THAT NOWWWW"  aarrrhhh...
  • "Then What!?  I'll get arrested?  Put in airport jail?!!!"
  • "My father left us when I was about 5.  That's why my name is Jack.  As in "Jack, go tell your mother that I'm just going out to get the paper.""
  • "That just doesn't help me at all, but thanks."
Plot Holes:
  • "This film has been formatted to fit your TV screen."
  • The King left the poker game and then was in again in the next scene.
  • A couple randomly wandering ends up having an argument ringside at a boxing match.
  • Betsy looks up the odds to loosing with a straight flush an hour or two after it happens.  In 1992.  Before wikipedia could even be fathomed by anybody.
  • Nic Cage runs from the strip to Fremont St. in seconds.
  • Mr. Korman wants to marry Betsy rather than just bang her.

Exceeds Expectations
!Completed Ada's Owl Hat in the Cage!


Steve M said...

Excellent review, pretty much sums up how I feel, except that I might be a little less enthusiastic about the film. It wasn't bad at all, but I really wonder how good/bad it would have been without Cage and Caan. I'm guessing a total dud that we'd never have heard of. I particularly enjoyed your pictorial comparison of the aging of Cage and Parker.

I don't know if this film blew its whole budget on actors or what, but there was a lot of screw ups in the details that I found distracting. One was the aforementioned Elvis impersonator leaving the poker game then suddenly reappearing later on. Other examples I noticed was a lock of hair falling into the face of the cigar smoker/chewer at the poker game then when the camera cut to a close up of his face his hair was back in place. Hello, does anyone actually sit down and watch the final cut of the movie before releasing it? One more that I'll point out is that when they arrive at the house in Hawaii Caan throws open the really big sliding glass door, but it bounces back shut several inches. A moment later we can see it fully open in the background. Anyhow, I feel like the devil is in the details and they just didn't care enough to clean them up and try to make the movie feel polished and professional.

Reel Popcorn Junkie said...

Peter Boyle is wasted in this film. Otherwise, Honeymoon in Vegas offers some decent laughs.

James Ayers said...

I admit that his role wasn't as big as it could have been, but you have to admit it's one of the funniest scenes in the movie. Boyle didn't have much to work with, but he made the most of what he had (and he and Cage played off of each other pretty well).


KaBluie said...

#30 Honeymoon In Vegas (1992) Movieplex On Demand. I saw this one years ago and it still holds up. Great movie!

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