The Heartbreak Kid (2007 film)

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The Heartbreak Kid
A woman in the passenger seat making faces at a man driving the car.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Farrelly
Bobby Farrelly
Produced by Ted Field
Bradley Thomas
Screenplay by Scot Armstrong
Leslie Dixon
Peter Farrelly
Bobby Farrelly
Kevin Barnett
Based on The Heartbreak Kid 
by Neil Simon
"A Change of Plan" 
by Bruce Jay Friedman
Starring Ben Stiller
Michelle Monaghan
Malin Åkerman
Jerry Stiller
Rob Corddry
Carlos Mencia
Scott Wilson
Danny McBride
Music by Bill Ryan
Brendan Ryan
Cinematography Matthew F. Leonetti
Edited by Sam Seig
Production
  company
DreamWorks Pictures
Davis Entertainment Company
Conundrum Entertainment
Radar Pictures
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) October 5, 2007 (2007-10-05)
Running time 116 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $45 million
Box office $127,766,650

The Heartbreak Kid is a 2007 romantic comedy film directed by the Farrelly brothers. Starring Ben Stiller, The Heartbreak Kid is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name. The film was originally titled The Seven Day Itch, but Peter Farrelly revealed the filmmakers lost a lawsuit over the name; after attempts to find another title and suggestions of several other possible titles, the studio foisted The Heartbreak Kid name onto them. Also starring are Michelle Monaghan, Malin Åkerman, Jerry Stiller, Rob Corddry, Carlos Mencia, Scott Wilson and Danny McBride. The screenplay for the 2007 film was written by Leslie Dixon, Scot Armstrong, the Farrelly brothers and Kevin Barnett.

Plot[edit]

Eddie (Ben Stiller), the owner of a sports shop, is single and indecisive about starting a relationship. While walking down the street he witnesses a purse snatcher victimizing Lila (Malin Åkerman). After failing to retrieve the purse, they exchange pleasantries and eventually date. They quickly become serious, as they seem perfect for each other. Their relationship becomes threatened, however, when Lila is offered a job in Holland. When Eddie probes further, it is revealed that it is company policy to not relocate married employees. Pushed by the urging of his father (Jerry Stiller) and best friend (Rob Corddry), Eddie proposes to Lila and they get married.

However, during their honeymoon, it becomes increasingly apparent to Eddie how mismatched the couple is. While driving down to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Lila continuously sings songs while listening to a blasting radio, much to the irritation of Eddie. In the scene that follows, Lila and Eddie have sex so violently it actually causes Eddie physical pain. Then the following morning she insists they hold hands during breakfast, by the end of which she spits the drinks through her nose and reveals she suffers from deviated septum (which, as she casually mentions later, is the result of her past cocaine usage).

Upon their arrival at the Esperanza resort in Los Cabos, it comes to light that Lila's job is actually a volunteer position and that the purse snatcher was actually her ex-boyfriend. As Eddie realizes the mistake he has made, he meets Miranda (Michelle Monaghan), a vacationer from Mississippi who is there with her family. It's immediately obvious that Eddie and Miranda are a perfect match. With Lila stuck in their hotel room due to severe sunburn, Eddie devotes large amounts of his honeymoon time to Miranda. Eddie also connects with her family, except for her cousin (Danny McBride), who suspects Eddie of hiding something. To cover his long absences from his bride, Eddie makes up a story about a business with a major supplier to his store, whom he is trying to butter up for 'better credit terms'.

Eddie decides to break up with Lila. In the chaos that ensues, she and Miranda both abandon him. Eddie's passport is destroyed by Lila in the mayhem. He is forced to cross the U.S. border illegally with help provided from his friend Uncle Tito (Carlos Mencia), but is repeatedly caught by border patrols while others escape by the hundreds. After an extensive effort to get into the country, he goes to Oxford, Mississippi only to find out that Miranda already married her previous boyfriend. He promises her aunt to leave Miranda alone, only to sneak into Miranda's house late at night. He wakes her up and talks to her without waking up her husband. Alas, her cousin breaks into the house with a baseball bat and beats Eddie up until Eddie's father makes his presence known too. Eddie agrees to leave if Miranda just says if she really loves her new husband. Miranda says yes. Eddie gives up on her although he doesn't know she looks at him from her balcony when he walks away.

Eighteen months later, Eddie has moved to Mexico. Miranda comes there on vacation, informing him that she made a mistake, has split with her husband and wants to be with him. Eddie is very pleased, except he once again hides the fact that he has a new wife, Consuelo (Eva Longoria), and he is thrust right back into the same situation.

Cast[edit]

Promotion[edit]

During the film's preview at the 2007 Comic Con Convention in San Diego, California, a sex scene from the film was cut due to backlash for the nudity in prior films at the convention such as 300 and Borat.[1]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The Heartbreak Kid has received mostly negative reviews from film critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 29% based on 157 reviews.[2] On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 46 out of 100, based on 30 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[3]

Peter Travers (of Rolling Stone) declared the film the year's Worst Remake on his list of the Worst Movies of 2007.[4] In a clip for the 2008 MTV Movie Awards, while arguing, Robert Downey Jr. takes a jab at Stiller about the weak reception for the film.[citation needed]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed $14,022,105 in 3,219 theaters in its opening weekend, putting it in second place at the box office in the United States and Canada. The film eventually grossed a total of $127,766,650 worldwide—$36,787,257 in North America and $90,979,393 in other territories.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Malaysia Sun". Stiller's S and M sex scene axed. Retrieved September 3, 2007. 
  2. ^ "The Heartbreak Kid (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Heartbreak Kid (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 27, 2007. 
  4. ^ Travers, Peter, (December 19, 2007) "Peter Travers' Best and Worst Movies of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  5. ^ "The Heartbreak Kid (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 

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