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The Heartbreak Kid
The Farrelly brothers' comeback movie.
The Heartbreak Kid
Ben Stiller Stars in the Farrelly Brother's Comedy "The Heartbreak Kid".
OPENING WEEKEND: $22,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $71,000,000
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June 11th, 2007: Single and indecisive, Eddie (Ben Stiller) feels lonely after attending yet another one of his friend’s weddings. Being teased by his friends and family about being the only remaining bachelor, Eddie decides to take the plunge. In only a week of dating, with significant pressure from his father and best friend (Rob Corddry), Eddie proposes to Lila (Malin Akerman), fearing it may be his last chance for love and marriage. After the hastily prepared Hawaiian themed wedding, the newlyweds embark on a three week honeymoon to Cabo, Mexico. It is then that Eddie realizes what a horrible mistake he has made. Lila turns out not to be the girl of his dreams, but a girl from his nightmares. As soon as the honeymoon road trip starts, she begins to drive Eddie crazy with her outlandish and sometimes outright abusive antics. Luckily for him, on his honeymoon, he meets his true soul mate, Miranda (Michelle Monaghan). Now he must keep his monster of a wife at bay, while he courts his true love.

What to Expect: The Heartbreak Kid is a loose remake of the 1972 Neil Simon comedy of the same name. The original was a big hit with fans and critics alike; it even received two Oscar nominations for best supporting actor and actress. It also launched the career of then little known actress Cybil Sheppard, who was hand picked by Neil Simon for the role of Lila.

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The new remake of The Heartbreak Kid is being directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, whose version can hardly be called a “remake” due to the very few similarities between the two projects. No one from the 1972 cast is returning and the script was completely rewritten. In the original, the honeymoon is just the setup for the movie; it only lasts 3 days, long enough for Lenny (Eddie in the new one) to realize he has made a mistake and fall in love with Kelly (Miranda). The real action begins when they return home to Virginia and Lila’s father gets involved. In the remake, the honeymoon is a three week road trip, and in true Farrelly style the entire plot is laid out over the span of the trip. To further deviate from the original, Lila’s father does not have a large role, instead it is Lila herself that will not take her new husband’s change of heart laying down.

When production first started on the new film, it was titled The Seven Day Itch and starred Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”) and Amy Poehler (“SNL”) as the two leading characters in Scot Armstrong’s (Old School ) script. However, when the Farrelly brothers took over the project, they quickly fired Armstrong and began work on their screenplay. It was rumored that Bateman and Poehler quit out of loyalty for the Armstrong, but odds are they were shown the door by the new directors. Soon after, the leading rolls were re-cast with Malin Akerman as Lila, Ben Stiller as Eddie and Michelle Monaghan as Miranda. The movie was then renamed back to its original title, braving lawsuits from WWE wrestler Shawn Michaels who dons the same name every time he enters the ring. Hopefully, Michaels will be smarter than Spike Lee, who a few years back filed an embarrassing lawsuit against Spike TV for trademark infringement on his name, which he obviously lost.

This movie should be a great addition to the Farrellys’ resume and a much welcomed film for what has been a weak comedy market. Most of us remember the Farrellys as the kings of comedy in the mid 90’s, with such classics as Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary and Kingpin. Since then the duo have lost their Midas touch with two straight box office busts, Fever Pitch and Stuck on You. Many could argue that Stuck on You was just as good as any other Farrelly brothers movie, but another box office dud could mean “three strikes and you are out" for these guys, especially since they were already dropped from The Three Stooges project they were looking to adapt. Luckily for us this movie resembles the Farrelly classics more than it does the Farrelly flops.

The plot for the movie sounds very familiar, and has even been labeled as a reverse Along Came Polly, by several fan sites. The similarities are there, and other than the obvious Ben Stiller connection, there is also the fact that both women are extremely quirky/borderline crazy. The plot for Polly goes; boy meets girl, boy can’t stand girl’s crazy behavior, boy warms up to girl, boy make grand romantic gesture. In The Heartbreak Kid, it is the same plot, only in reverse; boy makes grand romantic gesture to girl, boy can’t stand the girls crazy behavior, boy wishes he never met girl. The question is, does everyone live happily ever after? It would be very difficult to settle this amicably, with Stiller’s character cheating on his newlywed wife on their honeymoon, so we will have to wait and see how it all turns out. One thing we do know is that there are enough funny characters, in addition to Stiller and Ackerman, for the movie to work.

Expect funny performances from Jerry Stiller, who is best known as George Costanza’s Father on “Seinfeld,” and who is Ben Stiller’s Father in real life. In the movie, he is re-united with his son, after Zoolander, as not the Father, but the uncle. Also, be on the lookout for a great performance from Rob Corddry of “The Daily Show”; he will be playing the role of the friend. Corddry is always good for a few raunchy jokes, especially in an already raunchy movie. But even with all this comedic talent, the movie will rest fully on Ackerman’s shoulders, whose quirky, insane antics as Lila will either make or break the movie. Lastly, no comedy that takes place in Mexico would be complete without a few one liners from Carlos Mencia, who makes his living making fun of Mexico and its people. Mencia will play Uncle Tito, who is a Mexican concierge at the resort. If you like his Comedy Central show, you might just like his role in the film, which might be small, but full of jokes.

Looking at the past, the Farrelly brothers have been able to pump out great movies with both an R rating and a PG-13, but with the raunchy humor in “The Heartbreak Kid,” the studio might have to do some major editing to bring it down to PG-13. It is said that the sex scene between Stiller and Ackerman is one of the funniest scenes in the movie, and the phrase “Cock Me” will be one of those catch phrases that will be repeated long after the movie is out of the theaters. I can only imagine how cheesy the scene could turn out after some editing.

In Conclusion: Overall this should be a good movie, but one without any surprises. If the studio goes for an R rated comedy, you can expect a film loaded with sexual, gross out humor, mixed with a softer romantic side. It is one you can bring a date to or go with your buds and enjoy it just the same. Finally, if you never heard of Ackerman, expect her to steal the show with her outlandish antics, which will elevate her from supporting actress to a comedic leading lady, just as the original did for Cybil Shepperd.

Similar Titles: Along Came Polly, There's Something About Mary, Me, Myself & Irene, The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
October 5th, 2007 (wide)
December 26th, 2007 (DVD)

Paramount Pictures

Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Malin Akerman, Jerry Stiller, Rob Corddry, Carlos Mencia, Scott Wilson, Danny McBride, Stephanie Courtney, Polly Holliday, Roy Jenkins

Total: 43 vote(s).

Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Rated R for strong sexual content, crude humor, language, and a scene of drug use involving a minor.

116 min




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