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.
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.
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