One Dress, One Day features a honeymooning couple in Barcelona in 1990. Within 24 hours, they can’t wait to leave!
Honeymoons remain fashionable in Hollywood. Many honeymoon-themed films have been made over the years, including several in in idyllic locations. Although every honeymoon, like every couple, is different, you’d be surprised by the insights you can get (not to mention amusement) in watching how others’ romantic vacations begin and ultimately turn out. Overall, it is surprising how many movies include a wedding or honeymoon, e.g., The Sound of Music, 10 and the various weddings in the Godfather films. Cue theme music! ♫
Once Upon a Honeymoon (1943) starring Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers classic WWII love story. Grant stars as a radio reporter named Pat O’Toole who is investigating Austrian Baron Van Luber, suspected of Nazi ties. Meanwhile, Van Luber marries an American burlesque girl named Katie O’Hara a social climber. O’Toole follows Van Luber and O’Hara around Europe, falls in love with Katie, and discovers that Van Luber is indeed a Nazi. Dance meets Propaganda?
Honeymoon in Vegas (1990)
This film tops most people’s list in any straw poll or cocktail chat. Nicholas Cage, James Caan, and Sarah Jessica Parker play. Betsy and Jack head to Vegas to finally tie the knot. Before they say “I do”, a rich gambler arranges for Jack to lose $65,000 at poker. The gambler will waive the debt for a weekend with Jack’s fiancé. As expected, Jack becomes jealous. Doesn’t this sound like the Redford film Indecent Proposal ?
The Honeymooners Classic 39, Volume 1 (1955-56)
Although they never strayed far from their grim one-bedroom apartment, Honeymooners Alice (Audrey Meadows) and Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) proved through 39 black and white episodes that you can live on love and a bus driver’s salary. The Honeymooners was based on a recurring skit of the same name that had been part of Gleason’s variety show. Almost a socio-historical course that reflects another time in America. Could be used in marriage counsellor training courses.
The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
This is a remake of the 1972 romantic comedy of the same name! It features both Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan who meet on the street following a minor incident and soon get married. However, on the honeymoon, Eddie (Ben) realizes just how poorly matched they are. He finds his perfect match in Miranda, vacationing at that honeymoon destination with her family. Note: Much of the movie was filmed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Amor, Amor + LOCATION, LOCATION!
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
Lenny and Lila, two Jewish New Yorkers, have just gotten married. On the three day drive from New York to a Miami Beach, honeymoon, Lenny begins to be bothered by every little thing about Lila. His belief that the marriage is a mistake is strengthened when he meets student Kelly Corcoran, a beautiful blonde Midwesterner on vacation in Miami Beach. Neil Simon and Elaine May worked on the screenplay. Talent+Talent. Many wonder why the Farrelly brothers’ remake was ever made.
Haunted Honeymoon (1986)
What a comic couple,the (late) Gilda Radner and (late) Gene Wilder. This 80’s comedy centers around two radio stars in the Manhattan Mystery Theater who decide to marry. However, Abbott (Wilder) develops speech impediments after his proposal, putting his job at risk. Abbott’s uncle wants to treat him with a form of shock therapy and decides the perfect time is at the site of their wedding, a mansion in upstate New York. Spooky or silly?
Just Married (2003)
This is a vehicle for Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy who head as newlyweds to Europe for a magical honeymoon. Unfortunately, the trip spins out of control when the girl’s parents send her ex-boyfriend to ruin the young marriage. Not the usual twist!
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011)
This film stars the usual Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. This movie centers around Bella’s marriage and honeymoon with Edward. The couple travels to Rio de Janeiro and a private island called Isle Esme [Spoiler Alert: note name of future offspring] off the coast of Brazil before a chain of events soon impacts their lives forever. Of course, everything is forever in the Twilight universe
Honeymoon in Vegas (1990)
Funny, heart-breaking, with irresistible Elvis Presley music and Hawaiian scenery may inspire you to start planning a honeymoon there. Reminds me vaguely of Billy Crystal and Robert de Niro in Analyze This!
Just Married (2003)
Although the script is questionable, actors Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher are charming in this everything-has-to-go-wrong-on-our-honeymoon romp. Venice, almost like a character, provides the backdrop for several scenes. Sad note: the beautiful, talented Murphy died in 2009.
Post-Script: Hollywood influences weddings and honeymoons. For more on how movies affect weddings (gowns, venues and decorations) and honeymoons, check out online “7 Movies and a Regression Model to Predict How Austenland Will Impact Weddings” by Carmen Feliciano.