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The Heartbreak Kid (1972) Review


Very Good
Long before Meet the Parents, there was The Heartbreak Kid. Genuinely funny, Kid features Charles Grodin as a hapless and sappy ex-G.I. who decides to dump his new wife -- on his honeymoon in Florida -- after falling for a young blonde played with perfect coyness by Shepherd. Genuinely funny thanks to Grodin's prodigious comic talents, though Eddie Albert nearly steals the show as Shephard's heard-it-all father. Now about that ending (or lack of one)...

Best Friends Review


Weak
When Best Friends is less than halfway over, you'll long for a much better '80s rom-com like Seems Like Old Times, also starring Goldie Hawn in one of her endless roles from the era as (basically) herself.

Hawn is partnered rather tragically here with Burt Reynolds. They play the titular best friends -- screenwriters -- who decide to get married, only to realize that romance is far more difficult than friendship. I mean, there's in-laws! An old and groping father is about as funny as Friends ever gets, as the movie's one-liners fall down flat one after another. That's probably because the film is based on the real life of writers Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson, and frankly not much amusing seems to have happened during their brief marriage.

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The Heartbreak Kid Review


Very Good
Long before Meet the Parents, there was The Heartbreak Kid. Genuinely funny, Kid features Charles Grodin as a hapless and sappy ex-G.I. who decides to dump his new wife -- on his honeymoon in Florida -- after falling for a young blonde played with perfect coyness by Shepherd. Genuinely funny thanks to Grodin's prodigious comic talents, though Eddie Albert nearly steals the show as Shephard's heard-it-all father. Now about that ending (or lack of one)...
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