The Heartbreak Kid (2007)


“[to the 12 Year Old Twins] You know what? Why don’t you take your little Human Genome Project and hit the road. Homophobic hobbits. ” – Eddie

Number of Times Seen – 2 (24 Oct 2007 and 15 Jul 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A single man seeking to end his single-hood meets a woman on the street and believes he has found the woman of his dreams.

My Take on it – The Farrelly Brothers are mostly known for their ability to take funny situations and then take them to the limit.

They also excel at crossing that limit far too often which somewhat tales away from how we can perceive such comedy moments.

Ben Stiller is great here in the lead because the character seems like a perfect fit for him because it gets his neurotic persona perfectly.

Unfortunately, the story goes far too often into the area of trying to either gross us out or shock us which distracts us from the way that the story is being told.

The comedy of errors between the characters is actually quite funny, but there too, things just go on for too long and the laughter and fun of the mistakes is lost.

As much as I would have hoped to enjoy this film for what it is, it ultimately doesn’t have much to offer us because it loses its focus far too often along the way which is quite unfortunate.

Jerry Stiller is amazing as Ben”s father here and acts in such a way that you can easily forget that he was George’s father on Seinfeld for so many years.

Bottom Line – Stiller is always funny in Farrelly Brother films, and it mostly works here.  As with many of their stories, they takes things to the limit and then cross the line which can take away from the enjoyment of it all.  The comedy of errors betwene the characters helps make things stay fun, but ultimately, this film doesn’t have as much to offer as one would hope.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film marks the twentieth anniversary of Ben and Jerry Stiller working in a film together. Their first appearance was in the John Cusack comedy-adventure, Hot Pursuit (1987), in which they played father and son villains.  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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