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The Heartbreak Kid: Middle-of-the-Road Comedic Fluff

When it comes to The Heartbreak Kid, here's the bottom line: If you loved Along Came Polly, chances are you'll probably enjoy The Heartbreak Kid. The two movies are very similar: Ben Stiller plays the lead and yet he's not the most interesting character by a long shot. The female characters are far more compelling than he is and the male peripheral characters are way funnier. The premise includes comical misunderstandings and amusing misadventures. It's not bad. It's not exactly charming, either.

Stiller plays Eddie Cantrow, a commitmentphobe who meets Lila (Malin Akerman), the woman of his dreams, and impulsively marries her. While honeymooning in Cabo, however, Eddie sees another side of his new bride and discovers that she's a wild child with a sketchy past and an insatiable desire for rough sex. Moral of that story: talk to your fiancee about things like money and sex before taking the plunge. Seems easy enough. Anyway, in Cabo Eddie meets a real dreamgirl, Miranda (Michelle Monaghan), who is vacationing with her family. They hit it off, but Eddie refrains from telling Miranda and her fam that he's married. The lies! The lies are so funny! To find out more,

The script, a remake of Neil Simon's 1972 version, is actually somewhat clever — some offensive fat jokes and the implication that illegal immigration is laugh-out-loud hilarious (or at least it is when a white guy does it!) notwithstanding. Many of the characters are great, and the actors playing them are even better. Rob Corddry, Malin Akerman and Jerry Stiller (playing, adorably, Eddie's dad) particularly stand out.

My biggest problem with the whole thing is Ben Stiller who, coasting on his former success with similar fare like There's Something About Mary, seems to think that he can now phone it in and audiences will stupidly gobble up anything he does. He doesn't bother with things like changing his expression (ever) or putting any sort of earnestness into his delivery. He seems to shrug at us, "Why bother?" He gets paid either way. Stiller aside, however, as yet another Farrelly Brothers comedy, the movie gets the job done.


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Razan-i Razan-i 9 years
I watched this movie a couple a days ago and i hated it , Ben's character was horrible . I hated the beginning of the movie it was so boring , and i agree the ending was very weak !
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
this movie was really bad. the lines delivered by jerry stiller were so forced and unnatural that they were painful. ben stiller's character was such a jerk in that i didn't want him to end up happy (that's a problem in a "romantic comedy"). the characters that were likible got little screen time and the endding was weak. if you must see this, wait for video, you won't have to wait long.
Cymone Cymone 9 years
I don't really even like Stiller anymore.. His last movie I enjoyed was Dodgeball (thanks to Vince Vaugh & C0.) but I just don't find his brand of humor very funny. That said, I'll catch this on Netflix, or not.
laurelm laurelm 9 years
I had no expectations for this movie, I assumed it would be typical Stiller and funny, but not great Having no expectations was perfect, cuz I loved the movie and laughed my way happily through the whole thing! Im not a huge fan of along came polly either, just thought it was ok. I thought this movie was much much better!
ShinyAndrea ShinyAndrea 9 years
I hated Along Came Polly, so I guess this one's a miss...
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
Yeah, Ben Stiller is starting to get very complacent, I noticed. I may skip this one.... I haven't heard good things about it.
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