You can learn a lot at the movies. Although every honeymoon, like every couple, is different, you'd be surprised by the insights you can get (not to mention the amusement) in watching how others' romantic vacations turn out. These five choices are must-see classics for any couple considering taking the plunge.
Before Sarah Jessica Parker became the star of "Sex in the City," she played the long-suffering fiancee of Nicholas Cage... until he lost her in a poker game to James Caan right before their Vegas wedding. Funny, heart-breaking, and with terrific Elvis Presley music, this is highly recommended. And the Hawaiian scenery may just inspire you to redirect a trip there.
Although they never strayed far from Canarsie, Honeymooners Alice (Audrey Meadows) and Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) proved through 39 episodes that you can live on love...and a bus driver's salary. This DVD features the Premiere episode, "TV or Not TV," along with "Honeymooners Highlights" from the entire "Classic 39" series.
Remade in 2007 by the gross-out Farrelly brothers with Ben Stiller as the groom, critics found this version cruel, obnoxious, and worst of all, unfunny. If you can, get a copy of the 1972 original: On the third day of nebbishy Lenny's (Charles Grodin) honeymoon, he's bedazzled by a WASP goddess played by Cybill Shepherd. Will he leave his new bride (Jeannie Berlin) with egg on her face? You'll have to watch to find out. This merciless but mirthful movie was directed by Berlin's mother, Elaine May.
Although the script is awful, actors Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher are charming in this everything-has-to-go-wrong-on-our-honeymoon romp. Romantic Italy (Venice in particular) provides the backdrop for several scenes.
Like horror and thriller movies? Grab your sweetie close to watch this spine-tingler.
Starring Ginger Rogers and Cary Grant and set against the backdrop of WWII. VHS only.