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The Heartbreak Kid (2007)



Critic Consensus: Despite some amiable performances, The Heartbreak Kid is neither as daring nor as funny as the Farrelly Brothers' earlier films.

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This remake of Elaine May's The Heartbreak Kid stars Ben Stiller as Eddie, a man who as the film opens is getting married to a woman he proposed to after knowing her for just one week. While on their honeymoon he discovers that his new bride is an many ways a horrible person, and at the same time meets a woman (Michelle Monaghan) who he begins to realize he should have married.more
Rating: R (for strong sexual content, crude humor and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Bobby Farrelly, Leslie Dixon, Kevin Barnett, Peter Farrelly, Scot Armstrong
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 26, 2007
Box Office: $36.8M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Ben Stiller
as Eddie Cantrow
Carlos Mencia
as Uncle Tito
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Critic Reviews for The Heartbreak Kid

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (43)

If The Heartbreak Kid doesn't go totally wrong, its big problem is that doesn't really go anywhere. It just sort of lies there, like dumb Lila on the beach, waiting to turn gold.

Full Review… | August 12, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The original's premise has been stripped of anything to do with upward mobility, and except for one shot involving a Prince Albert, the Farrellys' signature shock humor is largely absent.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

A miserable pathetic mean spirited effort on the Farrelly brothers...

Full Review… | May 15, 2010
Cinema Crazed

The dumbing down of the central joke just heightens its nastiness

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

...largely gross, mean-spirited, frustrating, and ugly.

Full Review… | December 15, 2008
Movie Metropolis

[The] 2007 remake delivers a lot of laughs despite the fact we're clearly supposed to root for and feel sorry for the cad ... no matter how squirmy or awful his actions.

Full Review… | May 1, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Heartbreak Kid

The Farrelly Brothers have made some terrific, hilarious comedies in the past. Some of their films are modern classics and are still funny time and time again. However with The Heartbreak Kid, they make their worst film. I found the film to be unfunny, and tiresome with a cast that simply didn't bring anything good to the screen. I felt that the film could have been much better, and though it had an interesting idea, simply didn't do anything for me. The Farrelly Brothers have made better films, but this film just didn't have what their previous films had. Even with some comedians on-screen, the film didn't possess anything memorable. The gags really didn't hold up, and grew tiresome after awhile. Also I felt that the paper thin script lacked despite its unique idea. I felt that the story could have been more elaborate, and that overall the Farrelly Brothers are starting to lose their touch as comedic filmmakers. As the film unfolded, it just got worse and worse. I really didn't enjoy this film, and I felt that it had so much potential of being a very entertaining film. Unfortunately this is one bad film that uses its comedy in a really bad way. I barely laughed and I was bored most of the time. The Heartbreak Kid simply doesn't have the same charm as other Farrelly Brothers comedies. This is their worst film, and afterwards I simply avoided their films. If you're expecting something good from this film, you'll be sadly disappointed. The Farrelly Brothers are passed their prime, and have yet to return to the making great comedies. This film was bad, and I was expecting more from this, I was great disappointed with this one. An almost laugh free comedy, The Heartbreak Kid is a film to avoid.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I like the Stillers allot, most comedies Ben makes are really fun, light hearted and usually spoofy, this has the added bonus of having his dad Jerry in there with him. Together they are great, Jerry is hilarious (check 'The King of Queens') and Ben always hits the right note to make your day seem alittle better, the everyman's man.

This is a tad similar to some of his previous films, mainly 'Meet The Parents', the poster is even close, but its so enjoyable and the characters are all very likable. The humour is just right, you can relate to it, it has alittle slapstick and also quite sharp here and there. Its all very predictable of course but that's OK, this is just a fun ride to make you feel good, nothing to special though.

'if your wife asks you to cock her hard on her honeymoon, then you cock her hard god dammit'

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Doc: Now listen to me and listen to me good! When your wife, on her honeymoon, asks you to cock her, you cock her good, God damn it!

The Heartbreak Kid is a decent enough comedy. I haven't seen the original, so I have nothing to compare it to. The movie isn't great by any stretch of the imagination and is actually quite dull in sections. There were enough characters I liked to make the experience worth the watch. The first part of the movie is the funniest because of Jerry Stiller and the way he speaks to his son about sex. Rob Coddry has a small, but decent role. I always like Danny McBride. But in the end Michele Monaghan saved this movie. Ben Stiller is alright, but he can't hold up a movie by himself. He just doesn't have enough presence to pull that off.

The Heartbreak Kid centers around Eddie Cantrow who has been unsuccessful with love and has fears about getting married. He then meets a seemingly great girl Lila. In order to keep her from going to Europe for her "job." So he jumps into marriage early and learns that Lila isn't as great as she once seemed.

Not a very good comedy, but there's enough to make the experience somewhat enjoyable.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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