Ben Stiller steps in with the Farrelly brothers one more time in "The Heartbreak Kid." It's the story of Eddie (Stiller), an unmarried and seemingly unlucky in love man who's just attended his ex-girlfriend's wedding. He's humiliated at the wedding by being placed at the "singles" table (kid's table) and made fun of indirectly during the toasts at the reception. A few days later he has a run-in with a purse snatcher and meets Lila (Malin Akerman). The two eventually become a couple. After much coaching from his father (real life dad, Jerry Stiller) and his best friend and a very brief courtship, Eddie takes the plunge and marries Lila. Everything is perfect until Eddie meets Lila's mom who, genetically speaking, doesn't give him much to look forward to. Things go from bad to worse while driving down to Cabo for their honeymoon. It gets even worse as the honeymoon unfurls. Eventually, Eddie runs into and falls in love with Miranda (Michelle Monaghan). She's the perfect woman for him and nothing like the complete stranger he's married to. From here, the viewer is spoonfed tired Farrelly gag after tired Farrelly gag. Eddie gets into all sorts of situations (some funny, most not) trying to hide his new love from his wife and vice versa.
The film drags quite a bit, especially when Akerman and Stiller are interacting. Sure, there are some funny sex scenes but there's nothing new to them as far as humor goes. The funniest scenes involve Miranda's Mississippi family. From Martin to "Byoo," they keep this film afloat.
Stiller's character isn't that likeable of a guy. Akerman is cute, but I felt as if I was watching a Farrelly brothers' knock-off of Cameron Diaz. Monaghan is excellent in this film and is the only character that I became remotely interested in. Carlos Mencia plays uncle Tito, one of the worst gag characters in Farrelly history.
If you're used to the trashy (and when executed perfectly, funny) humor of the Farrelly brothers, you'll probably get some pleasure from "The Heartbreak Kid." It's not their greatest film, but it does provide a few laughs. It isn't as terrible as a lot of reviewers have stated here, but it is too much of a mish-mash to recommend it as a purchase. I recommend it only as a rental.
Talk about a movie that takes you, spins your head around in circles and dumps you all over the place the Heartbreak Kid breaks a lot of rules of film making and comedy and does it well. It tells the story of a single guy Ben Stiller who is unable to find a woman, his sex obsessed father (played by his father Jerry) and his best pal Mac who are all looking to get him married off. The movie starts to get you invested in his plight as he goes from embarrassment … more
This is a Ben Stiller movie with a difference! This time, he's not an unlikeable, whiny, obnoxious, accident-prone loser, but an unlikeable, whiny, obnoxious loser, with an accident-prone wife. BIG difference! Short Attention Span Summary (SASS) 1. Boy has commitment issues 2. Boy meets girl during purse-snatching incident (her purse, not his) 3. Boy listens to advice from hen-pecked best friend and typecast real-life dad (truth … more
Pros: Ben Stiller and a good premise. Cons: Jokes are to far apart, film drags. The Bottom Line: Despite the best efforts of Stiller and the cast, this is one film that should never have been remade. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. It has been almost ten years since Ben Stiller teamed with the Farrelly brothers for the comedy classic Theres Something About Mary, which … more
Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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The Farrelly Brothers add their trademark bounty of bodily functions to this remake of Elaine May's 1972 comedy, THE HEARTBREAK KID. This time around Ben Stiller plays Eddie Cantrow, a 40-year-old bachelor who is tired of having his foulmouthed father (Jerry Stiller) and henpecked friend (Rob Corddry) give him a hard time for not being married. So when he meets the seemingly perfect Lila (Malin Ackerman), he decides to marry her--despite knowing her for only six weeks. On their honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, he realizes his mistake when Lila reveals her true colors, which turn out to be quite ugly. While Lila recovers from a sunburn, Eddie meets fellow vacationer Miranda (Michelle Monaghan) and falls in love. He must break the news to both women before they find out the truth. <br> <br> After the more standard romantic comedy of FEVER PITCH, Bobby and Peter Farrelly are back to the gross-out comedy that made them famous in films such as THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY. This is the first time they've ...