BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEWS

003657Reviews & Counting
SEARCH BY TITLE # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Heartbreak Kid
BLU-RAY disk
01.21.2009 By: Sturdy
Heartbreak Kid order
Director:
Farrelly Brothers

Actors:
Ben Stiller
Michelle Monaghan
Malin Akerman

Rating:
Movie:
Extras:
Overall:

star Printer-Friendly version
comment
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A man notoriously scared of commitment finally decides to settle down and get married…with a girl he just met. It doesn’t take long to realize he’s made a very bad decision, especially when he actually finds the love of his life on his honeymoon.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
There are comedies out there that I love that no one else seems to like (HOT ROD is a good example). So keep that in mind as you read this review. It’s hard to get a Ben Stiller movie to fly under the radar, but Paramount managed to do it with this one. Maybe it was the storyline, or maybe it was the release date, but audiences didn’t seem interested in this. It’s a shame, because a lot of people missed out on a very funny movie.

Despite the basic premise, this is a two-pronged comedy about relationships. On one hand, it jokes about all those little things you discover about a person when you first meet them that drive you crazy. On the other hand, it deals with the situations you find yourself in when you’re in a relationship and you start to have feelings for someone else. Of course, in typical Farrelly fashion, they exaggerate everything for comedic effect. However, they still manage to hit on some relevant aspects of almost every relationship.

The movie slows down towards the end. There’s a point where it’s revealed that Stiller’s character is in fact, married. At that point, the movie should have only had about 10 minutes left, but they drag it out to last another 20, which was way too long considering all the jokes were over with. They kind of made up for it with the very end, and a surprise cameo, but it could have been better.

The audience for HEARTBREAK KID is bigger than just Stiller or Farrelly Brothers fans. With the exception of a couple of scenes, it’s not nearly as gross as their other films, but more importantly, it has more heart than a lot of what they’ve previously done. Most guys will be able to relate to Stiller’s character, and most of us have been in similar situations. Of course, real life isn’t nearly as funny as this film.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with the Farrelly brothers: I’m not a huge fan of the Farrelly brothers and their commentaries. I think that they think they’re funnier than they are. They give your usual insights into the film, but mainly sit back and make little comments that make themselves laugh.

Deleted Scenes (7:24): Nothing too funny here and most of them were filler scenes at certain points in the film. The film ran long as it was, so it was good these were cut.

Gag Reel (3:59): This is an average gag reel. We have a lot of line flubs and actors laughing.

The Farrelly Brothers in the French Tradition (16:36): This looks at how they started working together to make movies. I had never really heard their story and I just thought they were brothers that wanted to make movies. As it turns out, that’s the basic story.

Ben and Jerry (5:01): A love fest focusing on Ben and his dad and how much they enjoyed working together on the movie. At this point, we should have had these featurettes combined into one long featurette.

Heartbreak Halloween (3:23): They had a Halloween party on the set and this is a quick look at the party.

Egg Toss (8:02): They also had an egg toss. Again, this should have been combined into one long featurette.

There are some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I’m a big fan of the film and was pleasantly surprised by it. However, I throw in the caveat that I think I might be the only person who liked this film. So if you’re on the fence, you better make this one a rental.
Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

JoBlo's T-Shirt Shoppe | support our site... Wear Our Gear!