The Heartbreak Kid

1972, Comedy, 1h 44m

59 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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An uproariously funny confluence of top-shelf talent, The Heartbreak Kid finds bittersweet humor in attitudes toward love and marriage in early '70s America. Read critic reviews

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Soon after Lenny (Charles Grodin) marries Lila (Jeannie Berlin), the needy and unrefined side of her personality begins to emerge, and he becomes increasingly uncertain about his decision to marry her. During their honeymoon in Miami, Lenny meets beautiful and sophisticated Kelly (Cybill Shepherd). Every chance he gets, Lenny sneaks away from Lila to be with Kelly, and the more he gets to know her, the more he falls in love. Problems arise when the two women learn about each another.

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Audience Reviews for The Heartbreak Kid

  • Jul 09, 2022
    There's some okay stuff in here, but it ultimately isn't funny enough to compensate for a story that isn't particularly captivating, nor for characters who are either underdeveloped, uninteresting, or flat-out unlikable.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2018
    As ruthlessly cynical as Simon's screenplay is, May's direction is the most subversive thing here. She forces the audience to slowly abandon all sympathy for these character so that by the end you're utterly relieved that no one is happy.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2013
    Tragicomic look at the trials and tribulations of love for young newlyweds. Poignancy and bitterness in constant balance.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2010
    Charles Grodin marries his girlfriend, and starts to realize on the Honeymoon that they might not be the best fit. He then meets Cybill Shepherd, and he's not the type of guy who has drop dead gorgeous girls paying attention to him, so he becomes instantly infatuated with her. Shepherd is a spoiled rich girl who toys with Grodin, who is just one in a series of male admirers. An unusual "they don't make em like this anymore" type of film (I guess they just remake them). Grodin's character straddles the line between sympathetic loser, and selfish deluded asshole. My favorite parts of the movie involved Eddie Albert as Shepherd's father, who pretty much despises Grodin from the get-go.
    Grifty G Super Reviewer

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