JACK SINGER is the hapless procrastinating, commitment-shy private eye, still haunted by a promise he made to his late mother, who finally agrees to marriage, only to lose his beloved Betsy in a rigged poker game with a lovesick mobster, in Honeymoon In Vegas, a quirky but popular 1992 comedy. It starred Nicholas Cage and a pre-Sex in the City Sarah Jessica Parker as the star-crossed lovers, and James Caan as the tough guy mob boss who won't take no for an answer. There isn't a whole lot of detecting going on here, but the result was likable enough.series of attempts by the increasingly frantic and often slapstick attempts to get his fiancée back, while coping with a Vegas in the throes of an Elvis-impersonator convention, culminating in Jack's classic encounter with a team of parachuting Elvises (Elvi?).
With a soundtrack crammed with some great covers of some classic Presley tunes, performed by everyone from Bruce Springsteen and Travis Tritt to Willie Nelson and Bono, some memorable scenes, and engaging performances by all involved, it's a great popcorn movie. I mean, how can you not love a film with characters with names like Johnny Sandwich and Sally Molars? But what's the deal with those dreams Jack keeps having about his mother being naked?
Writer and director Andrew Bergman is the creator of retro 1940's eye Jack Levine, whom he first introduced way back in 1974. Since then, Bergman has concentrated mostly on his film career, and has in fact created quite a name for himself as a screenwriter and director. His screen credits include Blazing Saddles (co-written with Mel Brooks), The In-Laws, Soapdish, The Freshman, Fletch and Striptease, as well as Honeymoon in Vegas, probably his most successful film yet. Not too shabby a sideline for a damn good P.I. writer.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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