After the marriage, boredom kicks in!
How the mighty have fallen! The Farrely Brothers once upon a time werethe kings of comedy, with a string of hits under their belts and somelaugh out loud movies that included Dumb and Dumber and There'sSomething About Mary, they were truly unstoppable. Then somethinghappened, they suddenly made flops, or at least disappointments. StuckOn You in my mind is where this all began, uneven comedies that whilehaving some good moments were just so unmemorable it was unbelievable.I never saw The Ringer, I didn't agree with the subject matter hencewhy I didn't watch it, but I was actually really looking forward to TheHeartbreak Kid. The trailer made me laugh and it looked like a returnto Mary territory. I went into this movie expecting a short, lighthearted comedy with some hilarious moments. I came out bored to tears,having only laughed a few times and feeling really cheated and alsovery disappointed. The Heartbreak Kidis unfortunately a big flop and isdefinitely the Brothers weakest movie to date in my mind. This wouldn'tbother me if everything about the movie was unbelievably awful, but themost frustrating thing is that there are moments in this movie that aregenuinely brilliant. The storyline itself is great, the characters aregreat, the tone is right, so where the hell did it go some damn wrong?My guess is that studio interference has a large part to play. Thegross out Farrely humour just does not gel with the sweet romance storyat the centre of it all. Also the movie is way too long and the scriptway too uneven for this to be a good movie. This may not be the worstmovie of the year in my eyes but its certainly one of the mostfrustrating. Ben Stiller is great, Malin Akerman is superb, there arescenes and ideas that are brilliant, the ending is pitch perfect, yeteverything else is just so poorly executed!
So lets start with the cast which admittedly is the most consistentlydecent thing in the movie. Ben Stiller is on a return to form in thismovie, after a few cameos here and there and a phoned in performance inNight in the Museum he finally seems at ease. In fact this is arguablyhis best work in my eyes since Dodgeball, not hard when you see hisrecent line of work. His natural easy going charm works in this movieand makes a potentially unlikable character, and actually at times hischaracter remains very unlikable, just a bit more tolerable. A shamethen the script gives him little comedy to work with, that is until apriceless psychotic breakdown over a Mexican band, which is one of thefew highlights of the movie. The true star of the movie however isMalin Akerman as the psychotic Lila. Akerman seems to have a blast asthe mad, former junkie, in debt, clingy, neurotic wife from hell.However I found something very strange while watching this movie, Iactually felt sorry for Lila for a lot of the film. Sure when she'shaving sex and beating the hell out of her husband its hard to feelsorry for her, but when Ben Stiller is cheating on her its kind of sad.Whether or not this is intentional or not is debatable however.Michelle Monaghan definitely drew the short straw of the group in arole that is pretty pointless and just too unoriginal for me to give adamn about.
The humour of the movie and the unevenness of pace is definitely wherethe Heartbreak Kid literally breaks. The movie does start off quitewell, sure its not classic but its amusing. In fact the start of thehoneymoon is relatively funny, but then about the halfway mark themovie just gives up all hope and dies. The jokes dry up, the romanceand sentimentality factor kick in and the eyes start to droop. Despitesome decent one liners the movie just doesn't make an effort any more.You find yourself not caring anymore, you couldn't care if Eddie stayswith Lila or not, you just want the movie to end. And then the filmdrones on and on and on. And then when you think you have an ending itsuddenly does something else. Thankfuly the unexpected ending liftsthings up slightly, but the standard beforehand is so low it doesn'tredeem the movie. In fact take out the brilliant Mexican band runningjoke, the amusing sunburn bit, the few sex scenes and a couple of oneliners this would struggle its already low 5/10 rating.
The Heartbreak Kid is really a movie I cannot recommend as it is waytoo disappointing. The cast do an admirable job with little materialand the idea is there. A better movie is probably underneath thiswretched turd somewhere, but unfortunately for now this movie remainsjust another lame addition to the Farrely brothers already strugglingCV. The Farrely brother may have once been the kings of gross outcomedy, but in an age when we have Knocked Up and Superbad, maybe itstime they gave up and tried something else.