Stuff it up your nose
I can't believe how terrible this movie is. And the Oscar goes to "TheHeartbreak Kid" in the category of the worst remake of a film evermade. Even without comparing it to the original, the movie failsmiserably in and of itself. I just got out of a showing of the film,where there were some initial laughs, but by halfway through the movie,there was basically dead silence in the theater for the rest of it.This is expected to be funny: the crazy cousin hitting each of BenStiller's legs with a baseball bat; Ben Stiller trying to pull a bigpain pill out of Lila's nose with her deviated septum; Lila apparentlysmashing what she thought was Ben Stiller's member; a sideshow where adonkey is apparently going to hump a young Mexican lady; Miranda'scousins shoving a hot pepper up Ben Stiller's nose, Lila peeing on BenStiller on the beach as he is screaming in agony because of a jellyfishsting, endless hitting and bashing of Ben Stiller by practicallyeveryone including Lila in her sexual frenzy, and on and on. The moviecommits a bad crime for a comedy - the outrageous antics add up tocringes, not laughs.
For those of us that remember the quirky, extremely clever and funnyoriginal, the comparison with this ugly, mean-spirited piece of dreckis almost painful. Other than two of the character's names, and thebasic premise of a man falling in love with another woman on hishoneymoon, and a couple of the same lines and plot devices early on,there is simply no resemblance. In the original, the only "bad guy" isLenny - and that's simply because he's devious and dishonest, eventhough one can completely understand and identify with his predicament.In the original version, one feels for each and everyone of the othercharacters- Lila in her oblivious ignorance with her annoying (nothorrific-like in the current version) habits, Kelly (Lenny's loveinterest--Miranda in the remake), selfish but coolly beautiful, Kelly'sover-protective parents - it adds up to a surprisingly perceptive moviewith regard to people's hopes and desires. And, Heck ---- it's just sodamn funny with truly great clever dialog, unlike the newer version. Inthe new version, for some reason the same plot makes no sense, and onecould care less about any of the characters.
When I first saw the trailer for this movie I laughed out loud. Itlooked like this was going to be a hilarious movie. I had heard how thecharacters were switched around - which made total sense in a remake,not just simply to redo the original, but make a new version with itsown set of perceptions and laughs. BUT THEN, I read a review that saidthat the trailer contained the only funny moments in the film. Icouldn't believe that. But now I do. Those few funny moments that arein the trailer are all that there is to laugh at. Save your self 10bucks and a couple of extra hours in the day - watch the trailer, havea good laugh, and then rent or buy the original. A MUCH more satisfyingexperience!