Review by Michael Black
The Farrlley brothers (Peter and Bobby) are known for comedic movies. If Dumb & Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, Kingpin and Me, Myself, and Irene made you laugh then prepare for a letdown with The Heartbreak Kid.
Eddie (Ben Stiller) is a lonely sporting goods store owner. He longs to land his true love but can’t seem to find her. Torturing himself even more, he attends his ex-girlfriends wedding only to be humiliated by being seated at the children’s table.
Ben Stiller and Akerman
When Eddie runs into Lila (Malin Akerman), they date for six wonderful weeks, and everything seems to be going perfectly. Then Lila is told she must move to another country for her job. When she threatens to end the relationship with Eddie, his father, Doc (Jerry Stiller), thinks the only way to keep her around is if she's married. He and his friend Mac (Rob Corddry) push Eddie into getting married despite his reservations about only knowing Lila for six weeks.
Ben Stiller , Rob Corddry, Lauren Bowles
Just as the honeymoon starts, Lila begins to show signs that she's not the perfect girl he thought she was and everything starts to fall apart for Eddie. Only a few days into their time together, Lila gets a third degree burn and is bedridden. Eddie tries to enjoy his vacation by visiting the local bar and runs into Miranda (Michelle Monaghan), whom he falls in love with over the next few days. Eddie must balance out his vacation between the two women and somehow find out how to get unmarried and land Miranda.
Peter and Bobby Farrlley
The Heartbreak Kid reunites the Farrelly brothers with Something About Mary’s Ben Stiller who hasn’t changed in his comedic delivery in years. The story line is hard to swallow since Eddie fails to learn anything significant about Lila within six weeks. How dumb can one person be? Compared to past Farrelly movies, I found the jokes raunchy and cruel rather than funny.
This is a remake of the 1972 same-titled film starring Charles Grodin and Cybill Shepherd, which I have not seen but imagine was much funnier.
Photo credits: Zade Rosenthal/DreamWorks LLC.
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