The Heartbreak Kid (2007 film)
|The Heartbreak Kid|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Peter Farrelly
|Produced by||Ted Field
|Screenplay by||Scot Armstrong
|Based on||The Heartbreak Kid
by Neil Simon
"A Change of Plan"
by Bruce Jay Friedman
|Music by||Bill Ryan
|Cinematography||Matthew F. Leonetti|
|Edited by||Sam Seig|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|October 5, 2007|
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.
Eddie (Ben Stiller), the owner of a San Francisco sports shop, is single but ambivalent about starting a relationship. While walking, he sees a thief snatching a woman's purse. Eddie tries but fails to retrieve the purse, he and Lila (Malin Åkerman) exchange pleasantries, begin dating, and soon become serious. Each imagines it's a perfect match. When a job offer requires Lila to live in Holland, Eddie learns that the company would not move a married employee, so with the urging of both his father (Jerry Stiller) and best friend (Rob Corddry), Eddie marries Lila.
During their honeymoon, it becomes increasingly apparent to Eddie how mismatched they are. On the drive to Cabo San Lucas, Lila irritates him with incessant singing to a blasting radio. Lila's sex is so strenuous that Eddie suffers physical pain. She queefs really loud after sex. Eddie's disaffection deepens when Lila divulges her history of cocaine abuse, a deviated septum, and her habit of spitting drinks out through her nose. He learns that professionally she was only a volunteer, and that the purse snatcher had been one of her former lovers, to whom she owes money.
At the Los Cabos resort, Lila adamantly refuses to use sunblock while sunbathing only in baby oil, and then blames Eddie for the agony of her first-degree sunburn. As the enormity of Eddie's mistake sinks in, he meets Miranda (Michelle Monaghan), a vacationer with her family from Mississippi. Just as with Lila, Eddie immediately imagines that he and Miranda are a perfect match. With Lila confined to her room crippled by sunburn, Eddie devotes most of his honeymoon to Miranda. Eddie makes a favorable impression on all of her family except for her cousin, Martin (Danny McBride), who senses that Eddie is hiding something.
Eddie decides to abandon Lila. In the chaos that ensues, she and Miranda both abandon him. Lila destroys Eddie's passport. Border patrol agents repeatedly catch Eddie attempting to cross the U.S. border illegally with help provided from Uncle Tito (Carlos Mencia), while others escape by the hundreds. Eddie finally succeeds and gets to Oxford, Mississippi, where he learns that Miranda has married her previous boyfriend. He promises to leave Miranda alone, yet sneaks in and awakens Miranda as her husband sleeps on. Her cousin attacks him with a baseball bat until Eddie's father intervenes. Eddie agrees to leave if Miranda says she truly loves her new husband, which she does. Eddie gives up, without knowing she looks longingly from her balcony as he walks away.
Eighteen months later, Eddie is living permanently in Mexico when Miranda arrives on vacation, says she made a mistake, has left her husband, and wants to be with Eddie. That thrills Eddie, who now begins hiding the fact that he has a new wife, Consuelo (Eva Longoria), and is back in the same duplicitous predicament.
- Ben Stiller as Edward "Eddie" Cantrow
- Malin Åkerman as Lila Cantrow
- Michelle Monaghan as Miranda
- Jerry Stiller as Doc Cantrow
- Rob Corddry as Mac
- Carlos Mencia as Uncle Tito
- Danny McBride as Martin
- Ali Hillis as Jodi
- Scott Wilson as Boo
- Kayla Kleevage as Doc's Vegas Companion
- Stephanie Courtney as Gayla
- Polly Holliday as Beryll
- Eva Longoria as Consuelo Cantrow
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.
The film grossed $14,022,105 in 3,219 theaters in its opening weekend, putting it in second place at the box office in North America. The film eventually grossed a total of $127,766,650 worldwide, which includes $36,787,257 in North America and $90,979,393 in other territories.
The Heartbreak Kid has received mixed to negative reviews from film critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 29% based on 156 reviews, with an average rating of 4.6/10. The site's consensus reads, "Despite some amiable performances, The Heartbreak Kid is neither as daring nor as funny as the Farrelly Brothers' earlier films". On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 46 out of 100, based on 30 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C" on an A+ to F scale.
Peter Travers (of Rolling Stone) declared the film the year's Worst Remake on his list of the Worst Movies of 2007. 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.
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- "The Heartbreak Kid (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
- "The Heartbreak Kid (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
- "The Heartbreak Kid (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 27, 2007.
- Travers, Peter, (December 19, 2007) "Peter Travers' Best and Worst Movies of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
- Official website
- The Heartbreak Kid at the Internet Movie Database
- The Heartbreak Kid at Rotten Tomatoes
- The Heartbreak Kid at Metacritic
- The Heartbreak Kid at Box Office Mojo
- The Heartbreak Kid at AllMovie