The Heartbreak Kid


The Heartbreak Kid

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Average Rating: 3.4/5

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While on his honeymoon, a new husband finds himself attracted to a wealthy, gorgeous woman he meets along the way and begins to have second thoughts about his marriage. This well-performed, sharply written comedy follows the husband's often selfish attempts to find happiness and love.


Charles Grodin
as Lenny Cantrow
Jeannie Berlin
as Lila Kolodny
Cybill Shepherd
as Kelly Corcoran
Eddie Albert
as Mr. Corcoran
Audra Lindley
as Mrs. Corcoran
William Prince
as Colorado Man
August Dabney
as Colorado Woman
Doris Roberts
as Mrs. Cantrow
Mitchell Jason
as Cousin Ralph
Art Metrano
as Entertainer
Marilyn Putnam
as Mrs. Kolodny
Jack Hausman
as Mr. Kolodny
Augusta Dabney
as Colorado Woman
Eric Lee Preminger
as Pecan-Pie Waiter
Tim Browne
as Kelly's Boyfriend
Jean Scoppa
as Flower Girl
Greg Pecque
as Young Boy
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Critic Reviews for The Heartbreak Kid

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5)

  • [May] captures the implausibly boundless sense of wonder, possibility, and entitlement of a time when even a self-proclaimed schmuck like Len Cantrow, endowed with little but the gift of gab, attempted daring feats of self-liberation.

    Feb 1, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Elaine May's deft direction catches all the possibilities of young romance and its tribulations in light strokes and cleverly accents characterization of the various principals.

    Feb 3, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • Wittily directed by May, and neatly scripted by Neil Simon.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Elaine May's The Heartbreak Kid was directed with a sure feeling for how comedy can edge over into satire and then tragedy.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A first-class American comedy, as startling in its way as was The Graduate.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • Neil Simon's screenplay, from a Bruce Jay Friedman story, must be given credit along with May's direction and the film's priceless performances.

    Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Heartbreak Kid


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 Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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Tragicomic look at the trials and tribulations of love for young newlyweds. Poignancy and bitterness in constant balance.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


I understand the story is realistic and it's supposed to be that real life kind of humor, but I just couldn't get into the movie. I found it boring and the actors pretty annoying too. Not a great movie at all.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


the remake might be good but it will have to be good in a totally different way than this dark, subtle comedy about a guy lusting for the unobtained and totally at a loss about who he is; Grodin shows that he was a great actor

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

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