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Avg. Rating: 2.5
I'm a big fan of the Farrelly brothers. "There's Something About Mary." Wonderful. "Shallow Hal." Hysterical. But hey, even Cadillacs sometimes leak oil; and in keeping with the metaphor, the Farrellys leaked a couple quarts with THE HEARTBREAK KID.
Don't get me wrong, this movie does have several funny moments; I was literally rolling on the floor with one particular scene involving Carlos Mencia as the 'victim' of a vicious hand slap. Yet the film doesn't work for a myriad of reasons, the most obvious one being Ben Stiller's character. When the story begins, Stiller plays a commitment-evasive guy who finally takes the plunge and marries what he thinks is his 'dream girl.' Trouble is, she's his Nightmare on Elm Street; so our protagonist feels compelled to lie, manipulate, connive, trick, thwart, deceive, and weave to get into the good graces of a new woman he's met. . .on his honeymoon. Of course, the more he dodges and weaves, the more trouble he finds himself in--surely, by the end of the film, a golden lesson has been learned?
By the end, alas, Stiller's character is still a liar, manipulator, conniver, trickster, thwarter, deceiver, and dodge 'n weaver (this guy oughta run for office). I discovered I didn't give two cents about him at the beginning of the film, and the character sure didn't appreciate in value by the end. Heads up: This is not your favorite aunt's 'There's Something About Mary'. . .there are some eye-popping scenes that are definitely not for the faint of heart. Maybe that's why this turkey is called THE HEARTBREAK KID. Might be on to something.
--D. Mikels, Author, The Reckoning
Its Rated R people, not PG or PG13
I think a lot of people forgot to look at the rating. Its rated R not for some potty mouth but some nudity and some raunch. I was not expecting much, much like I expect from any movie out these days, but was pleasantly surprised. There are a few moments that I was in stiches, and some others that fell flat. Carlos Mencia I thought was so dumb in this he actually cracked me up, I think that was the point "Ah screw off, I am joking". Akerman is good in this, Stiller is pretty funny at times, but it was Monaghan that I really enjoyed in this. Picture a brunette Mary Swanson (Cameron Diaz), but cuter and funnier. Her and her family kind of made this movie for me.
Overall, I enjoyed it, not the best movie but not nearly as bad as many are making it out to be. 3.5 stars
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Let me first say that I am not a prude--I enjoyed "Meet the Fockers", "There's Something about Mary" and others in that venue. However, I seee nothing of value in this movie. The sex scenes are so tasteless that they aren't the least bit amusing, much less laugh-out-loud funny. The language Jerry Stiller uses seems beneath someone of his age--you'd think, as old as he is, he'd have acquired at least a modicum of diginity. I hung in there until the finish hoping that, at least, the movie would end decently. Sorry I bothered!!! I wasted my money. I also wasted something more valuable--2 hours of my life!!!
This wasn't all that bad. The donkey scene was so brief that unless you're familiar with that practice it would go right over your head. The soundtrack was pretty impressive and I enjoyed the amatuer acting of the Southern family, I know people like that! Was that Eva Longoria as his wife at the end?
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