The Heartbreak Kid

The Heartbreak Kid ★★★★

"You stay the hell out of Minnesota, you goddamn newlywed!"

Brilliant. I had a near-Safdie level of anxiety though the whole thing, watching Lenny being the most cowardly asshole, and how it affected the people around him—and how little he really cared about that.

Before watching I read a review of the film that colored my viewing. It quoted Germaine Greer: "Women have very little idea of how much men hate them." Nothing Lila does was really that annoying, certainly nothing I wouldn't find honestly endearing in a friend or a partner. And yet, May managed to capture it, and Lenny's often silent reaction, in such a way as to make it clear how much he hated her and just how much that problem was ultimately about him.

Essential viewing for a darkly comedic exploration of sex politics of the 1970s.

Hard as heck to find, had to put down a deposit to rent an out-of-print DVD. Well worth it.

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