Movie Reviews: The Heartbreak Kid


The Heartbreak Kid, starring Ben Stiller and directed by the Farrelly brothers, is a remake of a 1972 movie by the same name that starred Charles Grodin, was written by Neil Simon, and was directed by Elaine May. "That movie was better in every way," comments Roger Ebert in his review of the new one, which he calls "a squirmy miscalculation of tone." Ebert is by no means alone. A.O. Scott in the New York Times remarks that if you haven't seen the original film, "you're missing a minor, if somewhat dated, classic. ... If you haven't seen the ...new update of that earlier picture, I'm jealous." Scott calls it, "this lame, long, ugly joke of a movie." Carina Chocano in the Los Angeles Times remarks, "Why get bogged down in comparisons, when the new Heartbreak Kid stands entirely on its own merits as a grim, shrill, deluded and incredibly depressing movie, so bewilderingly mean-spirited that the trademark Farrelly Brothers gross-out scenes feel like the sweetest." And Peter Howell in the Toronto Star compares the difference between the first film and the new one this way: "In 1972, a mainstream sex comedy had to be mostly in the mind. In 2007, thanks to guys like the Farrellys, the yuks are located on every bodily orifice." But Walter Addiego in the San Francisco Chronicle concludes that the remake is "funny in spots if you can tune out ... any memory of the first movie." And Claudia Puig in USA Today concludes, "There is enough humor to keep us entertained."




05/10/2007


Contactmusic

Tags: Ben Stiller - Farrelly Brothers - Neil Simon


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

First Pictures Of Disney’s ‘Into The Woods’ Starring Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp

Have you ever wondered what happened to Cinderella, Rapunzel and...

First Pictures Of Disney’s ‘Into The Woods’ Starring Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp

Win Tickets For V Festival 2014 in Chelmsford!

V Festival is getting ever nearer and tickets are quickly selling out, but you can skip that pricey entrance fee by entering our new competition...

Win Tickets For V Festival 2014 in Chelmsford!

Ariana, Zooey, J-Lo, Miley! When Actresses Become Songstresses

Jenny Lewis isn't the only former actress to find musical success.

Ariana, Zooey, J-Lo, Miley! When Actresses Become Songstresses

Critics Say 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Is Great, But Does Anyone Disagree?

The new Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy has been praised to the...

Critics Say 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Is Great, But Does Anyone Disagree?

What Do We Know About Christopher Nolan's Interstellar?

Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey made a surprise visit to the San Diego Comic-Con last...

What Do We Know About Christopher Nolan's Interstellar?
Advertisement

Jennifer Lawrence Is Hollywood's Darling - How Has She Done It?

A teaser trailer for Jennifer Lawrence’s new film, The Hunger Games...

Jennifer Lawrence Is Hollywood's Darling - How Has She Done It?

NBC News Host Brian Williams Pulls Ultimate Embarrassing Dad Trick Announcing Allison Williams' "Peter Pan" Casting

NBC’s production of Peter Pan has found its lead in Girls star Allison Williams...

NBC News Host Brian Williams Pulls Ultimate Embarrassing Dad Trick Announcing Allison Williams'

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out Of Water 3D

When a pirate gets his hands on a long lost magic book in which anything he writes comes true, he...

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out Of Water 3d Trailer


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Ben Stiller Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Ben Stiller

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All