MGM // 1992 // 96 Minutes // Rated PG
Reviewed by Judge Roy Hrab (Retired) // August 25th, 2011
A comedy about one bride, two grooms, and 34 flying Elvises.
"People get married and then they do the most hideous, unbelievable things to each other."
Jack Singer (Nicholas Cage, The Weather Man) is a New York private investigator with mommy issues. On her deathbed, she made Jack promise he would never get married. Years later, Jack's girlfriend (Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex And The City), wants to get married...soon. After much angst, Jack suggests they head to Vegas for a quick wedding. However, once there, mobster Tommy Korman (James Caan, Misery) catches sight of Betsy and is instantly smitten because she looks exactly his deceased wife. So Tommy sets up a rigged poker game to finagle Betsy away from Jack. Can Jack win her back?
Honeymoon In Vegas is essentially a variant of Indecent Proposal with a couple of exceptions. First, it came out before Indecent Proposal. Second, it's a romantic comedy. Third, it's a better movie. Fourth, it's got flying Elvises.
On paper, Honeymoon In Vegas looks pretty ridiculous; perhaps even lame. However, for some reason, it works. In retrospect, this isn't really a surprise, since the film is written and directed by Andrew Bergman who was responsible for the similarly quirky The Freshman. Like that movie, this is carried by a man out of his depth, surrounded by a host bizarre characters, including a Hawaiian cab driver (Pat Morita, The Karate Kid), the South Pacific loving Chief Orman (Peter Boyle, Young Frankenstein), and a hapless man who thinks his wife is having an affair with Mike Tyson.
Trifling to be sure, but this is funny stuff. There's a constant stream of bubbling, good-natured silliness that keeps things purring along for 90 minutes. And the whole cast just goes with the flow, especially Peter Boyle when asking Cage: "Do you find Chief Orman attractive?"
I'm sure some will totally hate Honeymoon In Vegas because it doesn't make any sense. How could anybody agree to let their fiancée be treated like this? What fiancée would go along with it? Yeah, there's no real logic or coherence at work here. Plus, Cage is in manic mode for pretty much the entire film, which isn't everyone's cup of tea. For me, he strikes the right notes and I enjoyed it. Call it a guilty pleasure.
Honeymoon In Vegas is presented with a 1080p, 1.85:1 transfer. Most of the time, it's fairly good; clear and detailed, with bright and bold colors. However, at times, the picture can be soft with grain and scratches. The 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track is solid; clean dialogue and a rockin' Elvis soundtrack.
There are no extras.
Yes, Honeymoon In Vegas is a daft film, and this Blu-ray release is bare of any special features. But if you're in the mood for a light and zany comedy, it's worth viewing.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
* DTS HD 2.0 Master Audio (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (French)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (Spanish)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 96 Minutes
Release Year: 1992
MPAA Rating: Rated PG