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The Heartbreak Kid
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Jan 3, 2008 By: Quigles
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Director:
Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Actors:
Ben Stiller
Michelle Monaghan
Malin Akerman

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A man realizes the mistake he's made when he marries a girl too early and later discovers the actual girl of his dreams on his honeymoon.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE HEARTBREAK KID is the type of movie that should be prefaced with a checklist. The more items you're willing to check off, the more likely you'll enjoy the film. Let's begin...

[ ] Do you like Ben Stiller even though he always plays the exact same insecure goofball that repeatedly gets into awkward situations which cause him to become almost insane with frustration?

[ ] Do you like the Farrelly bros. even though their last genuinely great movie was THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, which was followed by an endless stream of mediocrity in the form of FEVER PITCH, OSMOSIS JONES, STUCK ON YOU, and SHALLOW HAL?

[ ] Are you willing to ignore the fact that Stiller's character in the film is actually kind of a dick, and the only reason you have to root for him is because the filmmakers want you to?

[ ] Do you like, or at least not despise, Carlos Mencia to enough of a degree that you can refrain from punching yourself in the face for his five minutes of borderline unbearable screentime?

[ ] Does the thought of a woman quiefing make you laugh?

[ ] At this point, do you even have any remaining interest in the film?

If you checked off that last question, congratulations. You're the intended audience for THE HEARTBREAK KID. It's a stupid movie, but it's entertaining overall, and the amount of unfunny material is gracefully countered by plenty of the laugh-out-loud variety. Interestingly, it's actually the general scene-to-scene dialogue that's the most enjoyable, with the bigger gags sometimes feeling much too strained for a laugh—notably the jellyfish sequence, which earns more cringes than chuckles. As glad as I am that the Farrelly's went back to their R-rated roots here, there's a very obvious line you're not supposed to cross with crude/gross-out humor: when it becomes obnoxious instead of funny. Luckily for us, abruptly shouting at somebody "You f*cking c*nt!" will always be funny.

The best thing about THE HEARTBREAK KID is the cast, and I'm not talking about Ben Stiller—or for that matter, Jerry Stiller, who doesn't get a single laugh as Ben's "pussy"-obsessed father. No, I'm talking about Malin Akerman and Michelle Monaghan, the film's two female leads. One plays the nutcase, the other plays the "girl next door"-esque hottie, and both of them are just terrific. They represent everything that is worthwhile about this movie, with Akerman delivering the laughs, and Monaghan delivering the heart. It's because of this, actually, that the final third of the film falters. They disappear, and it's up to Stiller to carry it to the finish line. Problem is, he's just not an interesting character, and the only reason you care about him is because of the aforementioned actresses. And really, that same assessment can be applied to the film itself.
THE EXTRAS
A commentary, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and a bunch of somewhat lame featurettes round out the disc.

Audio Commentary (with the Farrelly brothers): If you've ever listened to a Farrelly brothers commentary before, expect more of the same.

The Farrelly Brothers in the French Tradition (16:33): Deals with how the brothers came to work together and their relationship.

Ben and Jerry (4:59): A featurette involving the two Stiller's working together, and how much they enjoyed it.

Heartbreak Halloween (3:23): This featurette gives a glimpse at an on-set Halloween party.

Egg Toss (8:03): Tensions were high, so they had an on-set egg toss competition.

Gag Reel (4:00): Just your basic goofs and bloopers.

Deleted Scenes (7:23): There are 6 of them.

There are also some Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you enjoy the Farrelly's semi-sweet, semi-crude brand of humor, THE HEARTBREAK KID should satisfy in the most basic of respects. It's really not as bad as people have made it out to be.
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