Movie Review: The Heartbreak Kid – Starring Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan & Malin Ackerman

by Jason of New Movie Friday on October 5, 2007

in Movie Reviews

Watch The Heartbreak Kid via Amazon Instant VideoMovie: The Heartbreak Kid (R)
Released: October 5th, 2007
Runtime: 1 hr. 55 min.
Ticket Price: $7.50 Matinee
Starring: Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Jerry Stiller Malin Ackerman & Rob Corddry
Directors: Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly

Rating: Worth a Matinee –

Synopsis: A perennial bachelor thinks he’s found the perfect woman. She’s sweet and beautiful and after some prodding from his friend and his father, he decides to take the plunge and get hitched after only knowing her for a few weeks. They head out on a road trip to Cabo San Lucas for their honeymoon and he starts to find that she isn’t the sweet girl he thought he married. She’s a freak, complete 180 from the woman he thought she was. While trying to deal with the situation he finds himself in, he meets another beautiful and sweet woman and falls for her. Comedy ensues.

Review: The Heartbreak Kid is a remake of Neil Simon’s The Heartbreak Kid from 1972. But, this isn’t Simon’s dark comedy; it’s a Farrelly brothers’ film, the kings of crass gross-out comedy with a heart of gold. Yet, this one doesn’t quite have the heart of There’s Something About Mary, but it does have a lot of laughs.

Ben Stiller (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Meet the Parents) plays the bachelor in question, Eddie Cantrow. He is pretty much the same character that he always seems to play, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In this case, it is good, as he is very funny as the man in a heap of trouble of his own creation.

Rob Corddry (TV’s The Daily Show) is excellent as Eddie’s married friend. He gets a lot of great lines and delivers them well. The guy is just funny.

Note to the makers of Good Luck Chuck, this is how you make this type of movie. While they could of done without many of the moments that are purely for shock, like Eddie’s father’s, played by his actual father Jerry Stiller (TV’s The King of Queens, TV’s Seinfeld), continual crude spewing about women, the burro and a couple others, as they just weren’t funny. However, there were a lot of other situations, misunderstandings and lines to laugh at and laugh is what I and the rest of the audience was doing throughout the movie.

The Heartbreak Kid is a comedy for adults. So, if you are one and are looking for a good time this weekend, then catch a matinee and you’ll have plenty to talk and laugh about over dinner. If you haven’t been completely offended by the time the credits roll, then stick around, as there’s a couple more scenes for you.

What did you think about The Heartbreak Kid?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 patrick June 4, 2008 at 3:32 pm

in the Heartbreak Kid, their case for making Stiller’s first wife into an annoying monster, etc. was totally un-convincing… it made him look all the more like a lame-o

2 Jason of New Movie Friday June 6, 2008 at 10:36 pm

Patrick, She was like two completely different people pre and post marriage and the transition wasn’t all that convincing, because it happens so fast. On a short road trip for the most part. Maybe, if it had happened over a longer period of time, not necessarily movie time, but time in the movie. Either way though, picking up another chick on your honeymoon is pretty lame.

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