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The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

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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.

Cast

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.

February 1, 2016 | Full Review…
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.

February 3, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

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

June 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.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

"...a war of the sexes comedy that leaves no side unscathed."

February 18, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Heartbreak Kid

½

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

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

½

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

½

Great moral dilemma compensates for selfish characters.

William Goss
William Goss

Super Reviewer

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