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The Heartbreak Kid (1972)



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In Elaine May's second directorial outing, Charles Grodin stars as Lenny, a slick salesman who, while honeymooning with his new bride, Lila (Jeannie Berlin, May's daughter), begins to have second thoughts about his marriage. Once Lenny spots the gorgeous Kelly (Cybill Shepherd), he is lost forever. Legally divesting himself of poor Lila, he follows Kelly to her upper-middle-class home, where he runs into the formidable opposition of her father (Eddie Albert), who states bluntly that he'd rather be dragged from a horse by his tongue than allow Lenny to become his son-in-law. The picture received critical kudos for Neil Simon's adroit screenplay, May's knowing direction, and Grodin's on-target performance.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Neil Simon
On DVD: Feb 5, 2002
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


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 (23) | 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.

Full Review… | February 1, 2016
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A first-class American comedy, as startling in its way as was The Graduate.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Grodin cria um personagem extremamente egoísta que, ainda assim, consegue despertar nossa pena, ao passo que Shepherd, lindíssima, surge mais complexa do que poderíamos imaginar. Mas é Berlin quem rouba o filme com sua Lila irritante e comovente.

March 13, 2011
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for The Heartbreak Kid


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

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

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

Super Reviewer

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