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The Heartbreak Kid(1972)

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  • The Heartbreak Kid

    • Goetan
    • 1/31/15

    A dark, satirical comedy written by Neil Simon and directed by May. Grodin was Golden Globe-nominated for his egotistical performance as a man who wants to leave needy wife Berlin (May's daughter) for Shepherd; Berlin and Albert were Oscar-nominated for their performances, the latter as Shepherd's anti-sematic father. The humour comes from hypocrisy and May isn't afraid to show cruelty and embarrassment in order to show an ugly situation in a disarmingly funny way. Atypical Simon, but still brilliant. I give it a 4.5/5.

  • heartbreak kid

    • kevin sellers
    • 1/31/15

    I applaud Neil Simon's desire to, for once in his career, write a character driven as opposed to a gag driven story. Maybe it's because it's not his story, but is rather Bruce Jay Friedman's story. Anyway, whatever the reason, it's a noble effort. Unfortunately, character driven comedy, as opposed to gag driven comedy or slapstick, for that matter, must have some tenuous anchor in reality and as some of the reviewers have already pointed out this is an absurd film, with one unbelievable situation after another. Sure there are assholes like Leonard, who marry one girl and then ditch her for a newer, flashier model, but they don't do it on their honeymoon with the first girl. That kind of an asshole they're not, because if they were the first wife would have seen signs of it and would not have married the asshole to begin with. That the first wife in this film does marry this kind of an asshole makes her unbelievably stupid. Also, Eddie Albert gives in too easily. You don't cut from "I'm a brick wall," spoken with utter conviction, to the bride coming down the aisle. It's just not believable. It's also not believable that you can get a marriage annulled in a week and a half. And it's not believable that even college jocks would think Chuck Grodin was a dangerous narc, especially after they saw him groveling around Kelly. And so it goes. Give it a C plus. P.S. The ending, with Leonard all alone in Gentile Land at his own wedding, is the best scene in the movie. Your film needed more of that, Ms. May.

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    • Jack The Hat
    • 1/30/15

    It's every mans desire to get involved with Sue Lyon (Lolita) or Cybill Shepherd in the Heart Break Kid. Yea! this is a great film for one's imagination.

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    • GinwithTonic
    • 1/30/15

    I love this movie. It's a terrible story, but watching Charles Grodin try to go after the trophy shiksha is priceless.Jeannie Berlin is splendid as the dumped newlywed bride. I bought this in DVD form a couple of years ago. I would not go near the remake. This is the one to see. The ice-queen Cybil Shepherd was perfect. The ending puts Lenny right where be belongs. Well done!

  • The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

    • sabrina
    • 10/25/10

    This is a classic, and hilariously funny and bittersweet. I can't believe it's not on DVD. The remake pales by comparison.

  • Funny, funny, funny!

    • Valorie
    • 7/7/09

    I love this movie and absurdity of the plot. The character's are spot on and I think this is the best film Charles Grodin ever made.

  • The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

    • Jay
    • 6/19/09

    Elaine May's biting and hilarious screenplay is incredibly good. Fine performances from all, especially Charles Grodin and the marvelous Jeanne Berlin. It's certainly better than the 2007 remake. Well directed.

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    • Bonnie
    • 9/8/06

    This 1972 movie is hilarious..one of Charles Grodin's best...and I'm still waiting for it to come out on DVD...you can at least show it on TCM.

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