Friday, November 25, 2016

Movie review: The Heartbreak Kid

After being burned in his last relationship, Eddie jumps into his next with both feet. On his honeymoon he begins to think he made a mistake which is only made worse when he meets his perfect match.

Ben Stiller (Eddie), Malin Akerman (Lila), Michelle Monaghan (Miranda), Jerry Stiller (Doc), Rob Corddry (Mac), Carlos Mencia (Tito), Scott Wilson (Boo), Polly Holliday (Beryl), Danny McBride (Martin).

The Heartbreak Kid begins with some backstory and character introductions before Eddie and Lila meet and the humor jumps up a notch. On their honeymoon, Eddie begins to realize Lila is a bit different than most women. When he meets Miranda though, he knows he has finally found his perfect match. But it seems life may have other plans for Eddie. The rest of the film is one laugh after another through the Happy Ever After ending.

Acting was good with Ben Stiller doing a nice job with his usual delivery. Akerman was hysterical and kudos to her for the variety of situations in which she did so well. Monaghan was enjoyable and seemed to fit with Stiller well. It was nice seeing Jerry stiller in this one, along with Mencia, both of which did well. The remainder of the cast was solid and did nicely.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were well done with a nice, quality feel. Action scenes were fun and funny at the same time. Dialogue had some great laughs and moved things along at a good pace. Sound and soundtrack were well done.

Fans of Stiller, the Farrely brothers, or late night comedies should enjoy this one. While there is a romantic aspect to the film it really takes back-seat to the humor.

With strong sexual content, nudity, foul language, and more fairly graphic sexuality, save this one for the oldest teens and above.

Released: 2007
Reviewed: 11.4.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Comedy, Late Night Comedy, Romantic Comedies

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