Time: 96 mins.
Genre: Romanctic Comedy
I remember seeing this film in the theater and just laughing out loud. Even though it's a bit dated in the clothing and hair departments, it's still a funny look at love and marriage. HONEYMOON is a light-hearted romp that could have gone dangerously awry if it weren't for such great casting. Cage and Parker have great chemistry together as a couple in love but with major committment problems. They were both in the early swings of their careers, popular but not a guarantee of box office success. HONEYMOON IN VEGAS did decent business which assuredly helped both of them reach the career heights they are now enjoying. James Caan completes the trio, playing a mobster with a yen for Parker, who will stop at nothing to possess her. His performance gives the film a little added danger and suspense, which lifts it from the normal romantic comedy mode.
The film opens with Jack (Cage) promising his dying mother that he will never marry because it will only bring him heartache. He can't deny his mother her last wish, so even though he loves his girlfriend Betsy (Parker), he can't bring himself to tie the knot. Tired of waiting for a life she may never acquire, Betsy gives Jack an ultimatum marry her soon or she can't guarantee she'll be around forever. Despite his nightmarish dreams about his mother, he realizes he doesn't want to lose her and agrees to get married. Instead of just going to the justice of the peace or setting a date, they decide to fly to Las Vegas and elope. What they get is a weekend from hell. Before their "wedding" at a local chapel, Jack decides to play a game of high stakes poker. He was invited by professional gambler Tommy Korman (Caan) to a friendly game as a welcome to Las Vegas. What he doesn't realize is that Tommy wants something other than his money. He wants Betsy, who's a dead-ringer for his dearly departed wife Donna.