When his long-suffering schoolteacher girlfriend Betsy (Sarah Jessica Parker) threatens to leave him if he doesn’t marry her, small-time gumshoe Jack Singer (Nicolas Cage) – who is terrified of commitment – breaks a promise he made to his dying mother that he would never wed, and proposes.
But when the two arrive in Las Vegas for the quickie ceremony, Jack loses Betsy for a weekend in a bad $60,000 bet with mobster Tommy Korman (James Caan) after a game of poker.
Initially disgusted, Betsy becomes captivated by Korman, leaving Jack having to fight to win her back.
Director Andrew Bergman remains a much-underrated talent and expertly blends the classic elements of farce with a healthy dash of eccentricity to produce a delightful comedy.
Bergman largely steers clear of the gloopy sentimentality that blights so many other romantic comedies and stages a stunning finale with parachuting Elvis impersonators.
There are also some fine supporting performances from the distinguished cast, which includes Anne Bancroft, Peter Boyle, and Seymour Cassel.
Sarah Jessica Parker
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