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The Heartbreak Kid
The story centers on a man who is convinced that he has finally met the right girl and marries too quickly. While on his honeymoon and in the process of discovering that his new bride is a nightmare, he meets the girl of his dreams
It's a shame, since the first 45 minutes of "The Heartbreak Kid" have tons of laugh-out-loud moments. However, the second half turns relentlessly stupid, making the characters completely unlikable, losing all of the film's momentum.
Seriously underrated. The original offered a much-needed corrective to Benjamin Braddock. Since then, that entitled, half-checked man-child has given rise to fully spoiled, completely unchecked man-children, and the Farrelly's version exaggerates to skewer Braddock's progeny. The directors and Stiller did this before with There's Something About Mary, but this goes even darker, removing Mary's semi-cop-out ending in favor of suggesting a never-ending cycle of misogyny and self-justification spewed by the sort of scrawny fool who loves to call himself a Nice Guy whenever he gets rejected. Brutal, brutal stuff.
A romantic comedy with Ben Stiller in? It was going to work as well as a violent mafia based film with the lead role being done by Bette Midler.
Whilst on honeymoon, Ben Stiller falls in love with another woman who is married. Oh how the hilarity ensues.
When your wife asks you to cock here, you cock her good.
It's a shame The Heartbreak Kid is too long, unnecessarily crude at times, and lacking real laughs for prolonged periods of time, but there is a solid comedy hidden somewhere deep in here among all that excess.
Ben Stiller delivers a Ben Stiller comedy performance, from the awkward Ben to the completely freaking out Ben, it's all in here and your enjoyment of this film depends on how much of his performance you are able to stomach. You also get his dad here who also is something of an acquired taste, but something tells me no real Stiller hater would check this film out voluntarily. I am not a hater and I don't mind him and his old man at…
Creo que en su momento todo el mundo pensó que era otra mierda parejera de Stiller sin pararse a leer que está dirigida por los dos tíos que más saben del humor grueso y el golpe bajo.
Uno de los trabajos más retorcidos de los brothers y un comedión como una casa.
Very hit or miss. Not good, but not offensively bad either. Though it is overly long and feels even longer due to the fact that it spins its wheels during a second act that goes absolutely nowhere. Basically, Stiller is just good enough to get a few laughs out of some really weak material.
Extremely formulaic but it has some good laughs here and there.
One look at this cover and I usually wouldnt have picked it up, but Ive seen the orriginal Heartbreak Kid with Charles Grodin, and I thought and look and see which director for hire had been given this to remake, and was pleasently surprised to see it was the Farrelly Brothers. Well, it was only 50p in CEX so what the hell.
It wasnt as bad as I thought it was gonna be, with the Farrelly Brothers crude and gross out humor all of us with a dirty mind have a lot to enjoy, but I didnt feel it was awkward enough as it should have been, the orriginal is seeped in awkwardness, and with Ben Stiller being more hapless and loveable than Grodin's shallow and selfcentred effort, this film unfortunately misses out on the main joke.
I can never really concentrate on Ben Stiller. He's been playing the same age for at least fifteen years. We're told in this movie that he's supposed to be 40, but who knows? All the stock characters you'd expect to be in this movie, are in this movie. The stupid kids, the insane, over-reacting women, the gormless lunatic supporting male, usually played by a bald, permanently-surprised looking actor. The gang's all here. It goes on forever.
"Miranda, we are ready to play parcheesi!"
Quando a abominação conhecida como The Heartbreak Kid deu seu ultimo suspiro e finalmente os créditos apareceram, me dei conta de que as duas horas que se passaram foram perdidas. Logo percebi que esse desastre cinematográfico era uma tentativa desesperada dos irmãos Farrelly para recuperar a credibilidade atrevida de There's Something About Mary de 1998.
Because of this movie, I am currently seeking professional help to fix my shattered psyche. If this was watched under duress, it would be considered a form enhanced interrogation. Everyone involved in this movie should re-evaluate their lives.
Well, it's funny at points (and after the train wreck that is Dumb and Dumber To I'll take that).
But it's way too long and pretty all over the place.
Also, why isn't Stiller's character wearing a wedding ring? Or did I miss something?
Michelle Monaghan is far too good for Ben Stiller.
The Farrellys spend the first reel here detailing their protagonist's initial courtship, with allows this remake to develop its own tone before diving into material better covered by Elaine May's film. Largely ditching the original's profound examination of American one-upmanship, the Farrellys predictably turn this into an outwardly good-natured, inwardly subversive tale in which a mentally unstable man courts an idealized woman. Things work well during the funny (if sloppy) first half, largely thanks to a superb comic turn from Malin Akerman. Once she's out of the picture, interest quickly disappates. Michelle Monaghan becomes the focal point, and she's conceived only as an idealized woman, which isn't very funny at all. Stiller does a reasonable job throughout, but he can't compete with Grodin, who delivered one of cinema's defining comic performances.
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