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The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 156
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 111

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

29

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 27

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

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When 40-year-old San Francisco bachelor Eddie Cantrow (Ben Stiller) attends the wedding of his ex-fiancée -- and is seated at a "singles table" full of children -- he realizes maybe he's been too picky in his love life, and it's time to settle down. Fortunately, he doesn't have to compromise his standards when he meets Lila (Malin Akerman), a funny, attractive blond who does environmental research for a living. Lila's company wants to relocate her to Europe, but only because she's single -- they

Nov 26, 2007

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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.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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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.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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[A] hit-or-miss, not-as-bad-as-you've-heard remake of the 1972 minor classic.

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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It just falls flat, flat, flat.

October 8, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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Gratingly unfunny, mean-spirited Farrelly brothers flick.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Though not as engaging as Knocked Up, there is enough humor to keeps us entertained.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today | Comments (2)
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A miserable pathetic mean spirited effort on the Farrelly brothers...

May 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The dumbing down of the central joke just heightens its nastiness

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

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

December 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC

Bobby and Peter Farrelly don't bring any fresh insight or relevance to their remake of The Heartbreak Kid. Mainly, they've taken a decent comedy and turned it into a...decent comedy.

March 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

If you watch this film, don't expect much and you may not be too disappointed. Now there's a ringing endorsement for ya!

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

It's disappointing to see a comic talent like Ben Stiller slum it in these studio-grade romantic comedies.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

It's like watching the younger brother of There's Something About Mary: it's brash and talks too loud, it's a bit snotty and it so wants to be as cool as its older sibling.

December 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Beyond its contagious, wacky humour, the film has a very sweet heart

November 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The elements with which the Farrellys transcend mere gross-out -- pacing, inspired and quirky performances, good writing with an underlying heart -- are missing here, which exposes the underlying creepiness at the heart of the film.

November 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

The cast is pitch perfect, with Stiller adding another notable character to his resumé.

October 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Hard-R Farrelly bros. remake offers crude laughs.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Fairly entertaining.

October 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Most jokes land with a thud--particularly the gross-out gags, which nearly ten years after Mary now just feel played out.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The "illegal alien" gag is a lazy joke, contingent on ridiculing otherness in the most insipid ways. Bitches, Mexicans, they all be crazy.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

This sporadically funny Farrellys farce is worth watching (mostly) for Stiller (Ben) and the game Akerman (Malin) in the leads.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Face it: If you've seen one deviated septum gag, you've seen them all.

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Compared to past Farrelly movies, I found the jokes raunchy and cruel rather than funny.

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source: ReviewExpress.com
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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.
June 25, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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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'
February 8, 2012
phubbs1

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.
July 17, 2011
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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

I'll pay a compliment to Ben Stiller and say this was his best work. It was extrememely funny and I admit that I quite enjoyed it. 8/10.
June 24, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

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    1. Doc: Remember, this is the Bible Belt. These people have guns.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (49 days ago)
    1. Eddie Cantrow: Hey, Martin!
    2. Martin: Hello, asshole.
    3. Eddie Cantrow: Great to see you too!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (49 days ago)
    1. Doc: Come on, kid, let's get out of here. Bitches are crazy, you know that.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (49 days ago)
    1. Martin: Miranda, we are ready to play Parcheesi!
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    1. Uncle Tito: Screw off! I'm joking, man!
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    1. Lila: Oh Grouchy Marx, calm down.
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