The Heartbreak Kid
reunites Ben Stiller with his Theres Something About Mary
directorial team, The Farrelly Brothers. Between them, theyve conjured a sporadically funny comedy, that may not repeat what theyd all achieved before, but is still worthy of a spin.
The premise follows Stiller as his character is effectively railroaded into marriage, only for him to discover on his honeymoon that his wife isnt all he thought she was. Big debts, ropey music taste and, ahem, bedroom demands soon open his eyes on their honeymoon. And when, on the same honeymoon, he meets Michelle Monaghans Miranda, The Heartbreak Kid migrates into a chaotic comedy, with a risqué edge.
Its fair to say that The Heartbreak Kid lacks the level of gut-busting laughs, or the consistency, of Theres Something About Mary, with perhaps one too many contrivances required to keep it motoring. Whats more, the final act isnt particularly satisfying, loosely tying up strands with little conviction.
Yet in spite of that, The Heartbreak Kid does muster its fair share of laughs, and few can match Ben Stiller in this kind of role. With energetic performances and some memorable moments married up to the gags, chances are youll happily forgive the film its weaker moments, and enjoy it for the sound Saturday night comedy it clearly is. --Jon Foster
Masters of gross-out, the Farrelly Brothers, re-team with funnyman Ben Stiller (There's Something About Mary
) for this comedy of marital misfortune. Commitmentphobe Eddie Cantrow (Stiller) learns that there's no such thing as the perfect woman when he finally decides to take the plunge and marries too-good-to-be-true Lila (Malin Akerman). It's not until after the wedding that her true colours start to show through... and they couldn't be uglier! While on their honeymoon, Eddie meets another woman, Miranda (Michelle Monaghan), who seems right for him in every way that Lila is wrong.