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[It] won't get any prizes for its nuanced examination of the human heart. But it is straightforward and honest about the absurd, if sometimes defensible, price of placing desire above reason. It is also, yes, extremely funny at times.
While the film needs the put-upon Ben Stiller of Flirting With Disaster or There's Something About Mary, it instead gets the recently emerged, more manic version of Stiller, who immediately throws the humor out of balance.
The Farrelly brothers blow all the good will accumulated in the first half of the movie by taking the humor deeper and deeper into Tedious Cad Land, where Stiller's self-obsessed, nattering guyishness turns pathological and strange.
The film's best moment by far comes from Eddie's under-the-thumb buddy Mac (Rob Corddry), who advises that the key to a healthy marriage is to 'plaster on a smile and wait patiently for the sweet embrace of death'.
Peter and Bobby Farrelly's take on the 1972 Neil Simon-Elaine May original is not nearly as funny as you'd like for a movie that reunites them with There's Something About Mary star Ben Stiller in another gross-out romance.
For the Farrelly brothers, topping the slapstick and gross-out comedy of their lowbrow hits such as Dumb & Dumber and There's Something About Mary was never going to be easy. But in The Heartbreak Kid, they have outdone themselves.
Monaghan's comic timing saves this go-nowhere affair from 100 percent lousiness, and I couldn't really tell you why; she doesn't earn any laughs, exactly; there are none, but she's charming and she makes tiny bits of a stuporous flop slightly less grim.
For all its lapses in grace and pacing, The Heartbreak Kid somehow manages to wear away resistance with the simple charms exhibited by its cast, including Akerman, whose sportsmanship is above and beyond the call of duty.