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The Heartbreak Kid is a 2007 American black comedy film directed by the Farrelly brothers. Starring Ben Stiller, it 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 had them use the title The Heartbreak Kid.[not verified in body] 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.

The Heartbreak Kid
A woman in the passenger seat making faces at a man driving the car.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Farrelly
Bobby Farrelly
Produced byTed Field
Bradley Thomas
Screenplay byScot Armstrong
Leslie Dixon
Peter Farrelly
Bobby Farrelly
Kevin Barnett
Based onThe Heartbreak Kid
by Neil Simon
"A Change of Plan"
by Bruce Jay Friedman
StarringBen Stiller
Michelle Monaghan
Malin Åkerman
Jerry Stiller
Rob Corddry
Carlos Mencia
Scott Wilson
Danny McBride
Music byBill Ryan
Brendan Ryan
CinematographyMatthew F. Leonetti
Edited bySam Seig
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
October 5, 2007 (2007-10-05)
Running time
116 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$60 million[1]
Box office$127.8 million

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PlotEdit

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. He tries but fails to retrieve the purse. He and its owner Lila (Malin Åkerman) exchange pleasantries and exchanges numbers. Eddie found Lila to be attractive and funny.

They begin dating and shortly after became exclusive. Each person imagined that they were a perfect match. When suddenly a new job offer requires Lila to move and live in Holland, Eddie wanted to join Lila. However, Eddie learns that the company would only move a married employee. With the urging of both his father, Doc (Jerry Stiller) and best friend, Mac (Rob Corddry), Eddie marries Lila after only dating a few months.

Before their wedding night, Eddie and Lila were never sexually intimate and they did not spend a lot of time getting to know each other. During the drive to their honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas, Eddie learned some new things about Lila he found annoying. Lila irritates him with incessant singing to a blasting radio. She was very loud and obnoxious. When they got to their resort room, they had sex for the first time. Eddie learned that Lila's sex drive is so strenuous that he suffered physical pain. 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 that she owed money.

Eddie realized he made a mistake marrying Lila and that he rushed into the marriage without really getting to know her. He was not in love with Lila and found some of her newly discovered behavior and bad habits to be intolerable. He calls his dad and tells him about the situation.

At the Los Cabos resort ran by Uncle Tito (Carlos Mencia), Lila adamantly refuses to use sunblock while sunbathing only in baby oil. She blames Eddie for the agony of her second-degree sunburn. As the enormity of Eddie's mistake sinks in, he meets Miranda (Michelle Monaghan), a vacationer with her family from Mississippi. Eddie was immediately attracted to Miranda and found himself spending most of his honeymoon with Miranda and her family while Lila is confined to her room due sunburns. Eddie meets Miranda’s family and makes a favorable impression on all of them except for her cousin, Martin (Danny McBride). Martin senses that Eddie is hiding something. Eddie confides in his feelings to Mac about Lila and Miranda. Basically stating he doesn’t want to be married to Lila anymore and that he made a mistake. He tells Mac that he is falling for Miranda, whom he just met.

Some time later that same evening, there was a misunderstandings between Eddie and Miranda's family. Eddie preciously met twin boys at a wedding. The twins told Miranda's family that Eddie came to Mexico to mourn his wife who was killed by a maniac with an ice pick. Eddie told them meaning to be sarcastic. Later on Eddie decides to divorce Lila, he tries to bring it up at lunch, with Martin and his brother Buzz (Roy Jenkins) learning of his secret. When Miranda learns about Lila, she and Eddie fall into the ocean and Eddie is attacked by a jellyfish (Lila treats the stings by urinating on him). After the chaos, Lila and Miranda both abandon him (Miranda for Eddie's deception and Lila for Eddie's wanting a divorce). Angry, Lila destroys Eddie's passport.

Eddie sinks into a depression and annoys a fellow Mexican named Manuel (Luis Accinelli) with his problems. Coerced by Uncle Tito, Eddie decides to go to Mississippi to make amends with Miranda. Border patrol agents repeatedly catch Eddie attempting to cross the U.S. border illegally with help from Tito. Eddie finally gets to Oxford, Mississippi. Upon meeting Miranda's family, he learns that she has married her previous boyfriend. Despite promising to leave Miranda alone, Eddie sneaks in and awakens Miranda as her husband sleeps. When her husband wakes up, Martin bursts in and attacks Eddie with a baseball bat until Doc intervenes. Eddie agrees to leave if Miranda says she truly loves her new husband, which she does. Eddie leaves with Doc, without knowing Miranda looks longingly from her balcony as he walks away.

Eighteen months later, having lost his sports store and is divorced from Lila, Eddie moves permanently to Mexico. Sometime later, Miranda arrives in Mexico and found Eddie. She tells him that she has left her husband and wants to be with him. Eddie is thrilled, but hides that he has a new wife, Consuela (Eva Longoria). At the end of the film he found himself in the same predicament.

CastEdit

  • Ben Stiller as Edward "Eddie" Cantrow, a sports store owner and the main protagonist who marries too soon and goes through turmoil, causing him to go insane.
  • Malin Åkerman as Lila Cantrow, Eddie's wife who at first is everything Eddie wants, but later turns out to be a total nightmare.
  • Michelle Monaghan as Miranda, a woman in Mexico who Eddie believes is his true soulmate.
  • Jerry Stiller as Doc Cantrow, Eddie's father who often visits Las Vegas and gives Eddie rather vulgar tips on women.
  • Rob Corddry as Mac, Eddie's best friend who is in a struggling marriage himself.
  • Carlos Mencia as Uncle Tito, the owner of the hotel Eddie and Lila stay in on their honeymoon.
  • Danny McBride as Martin, Miranda's cousin who is suspicious of Eddie and treats him coldly.
  • Roy Jenkins as Buzz, Martin's brother who treats Eddie more fairly.
  • Ali Hillis as Jodi, Eddie's ex-girlfriend who gets married at the start of the film.
  • Scott Wilson as Boo, Miranda's uncle and Martin and Buzz's dad.
  • Amy Sloan as Deborah, Martin's wife.
  • Kayla Kleevage as Doc's Vegas Companion, a huge-chested woman who is in the scene with Doc during his phone conversation with Eddie.
  • Stephanie Courtney as Gayla, Buzz's wife.
  • Polly Holliday as Beryll, Boo's wife, Miranda's aunt, and Martin and Buzz's mom,
  • Eva Longoria as Consuelo Cantrow, Eddie's Mexican wife at the end of the film.
  • Lauren Bowles as Tammy, Mac's wife who ends up in a dysfunctional marriage with him.
  • Luis Accinelli as Manuel, an elderly Mexican who Eddie annoys after being stranded in Mexico.
  • Jerry Sherman as Anderson, Miranda's granddad.

PromotionEdit

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.[2]

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

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.[3]

Critical responseEdit

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 website's critical consensus reads, "Despite some amiable performances, The Heartbreak Kid is neither as daring nor as funny as the Farrelly Brothers' earlier films".[4] On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 46 out of 100, based on 30 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[5] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C" on an A+ to F scale.[6]

Peter Travers (of Rolling Stone) declared the film the year's Worst Remake on his list of the Worst Movies of 2007.[7] 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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/box-office-game-plan-holds-heartbreak-kid-article-1.228197
  2. ^ "Malaysia Sun". Stiller's S and M sex scene axed. Retrieved September 3, 2007.
  3. ^ "The Heartbreak Kid (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  4. ^ "The Heartbreak Kid (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  5. ^ "The Heartbreak Kid (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 27, 2007.
  6. ^ http://deadline.com/2007/10/wkd-prediction-15m-is-heartbreak-kid-3378/
  7. ^ Travers, Peter, (December 19, 2007) "Peter Travers' Best and Worst Movies of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 2, 2011.

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