The Heartbreak Kid is a 2007 American black comedy movie directed by the Farrelly siblings. Featuring Ben Stiller, it is a remake of the 1972 film of a similar name. Likewise featuring are Michelle Monaghan, Malin Åkerman, Jerry Stiller, Rob Corddry, Michelle Monaghan, Carlos Mencia, Scott Wilson, and Danny McBride. The screenplay for the 2007 film was written by Leslie Dixon, Scot Armstrong, the Farrelly siblings, and Kevin Barnett.
In the Farrelly siblings’ remake of Elaine May’s 1972 film, San Francisco sporting-goods-store owner Eddie Cantrow (Ben Stiller) is 40 and single. In the wake of going to his ex-fiancee’s wedding, he’s urged into tossing caution into the wind and weds Lila (Malin Akerman), a dazzling environmentalist he meets while attempting to stop a mugger who takes her satchel. Yet, while on their honeymoon in Mexico, Eddie understands that Lila may not be the dream girl he imagined her to be – – a revelation that is made more complicated by his growing attraction to Miranda (Michelle Monaghan), a fellow vacationer who might be the girl of his dreams.
The film earned US$14,022,105 in 3,219 theatres at its initial opening weekend, placing it in second place at the box office in North America. The film ultimately grossed total of $127,766,650 worldwide, which incorporates $36,787,257 in North America and $90,979,393 in different regions. Filming locations for Ben Stiller’s and Malin Åkerman’s romantic comedy The Heartbreak Kid were generally filmed in the areas of San Francisco, California. Other areas included Los Angeles and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where the hotel on the coast is found.
The Heartbreak Kid Review
The Heartbreak Kid is an adequately enough comedy, with a decent portion of laughs. Senseless/outrageous sight gags are especially copious. Yet, the film can’t be judged on simply its benefits since it’s a remake. While the Farrellys have changed their version of the movie enough to make it unique, they decided not to change the title – – and perhaps they ought to have because their film simply doesn’t compare to the 1972 rendition.
An essential scene where the husband breaks off with his new wife – – which put the heartbreak in the first film – – lacks the punch here, weakened with one more gag. And keep in mind that May’s film closes on a thoughtful, almost painful note that promptly shifts everything that came before it into brilliance; the Farrellys simply attempt to get away with another joke (as bitter as it may be). The new Heartbreak Kid has Stiller, who rises to the situation again, never exaggerating a scene; the same is true for his father, Jerry Stiller, who plays Eddie’s pervy-however supported dad in the film. Still, the Stillers alone aren’t to the point of floating this movie to There’s Something About Mary significance.
The Heartbreak Kid Critics Review
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 29% based on the 157 reviews, with a typical rating of 4.56/10. The site’s basic critical consensus reads: “Despite a few amiable performances in the film, The Heartbreak Kid is neither as daring nor as funny as the Farrelly Brothers’ prior films”. On Metacritic, the film had a typical score of 46 out of 100, based on 30 reviews, which means “blended or average reviews”. An audience survey by CinemaScore provided the film with an average grade of “C” on an A+ to F scale. Peter Travers (of Rolling Stone) announced the film the year’s Worst Remake on his rundown of the Worst Movies of 2007. Jonathan Rosenbaum (of The Chicago Reader) excused it as “brain dead”.
Where was The Heartbreak Kid Filmed?
The 2007 Farrelly Brothers comedy movie “The Heartbreak Kid” was shot in both Northern and Southern California, as well as in Mexico. The initial shot of the film happens on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco. Locations include:
- Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store, San Francisco, California, USA – Eddie met Lila here for pie
- Russian Hill, San Francisco, California, USA – Purse snatching scene
- Coco’s Bakery Restaurant, Sunnyvale, California, USA- Eddie and Lila have breakfast here
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Santa Clarita, California, USA
- Los Angeles, California, USA
- Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
- Esperanza is additionally a shooting area. The lodging subbed for the Cabo San Lucas resort where Eddie (also known as Ben Stiller) and Lila (otherwise known as Malin Ackerman) honeymooned in the 2007 film The Heartbreak Kid.