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The Heartbreak Kid Review Critics


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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Though not as engaging as "Knocked Up," there is enough humor to keeps us entertained.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Grodin always seems like a real guy, whereas Stiller, even working it, is just the designated loser-clown of the megaplex era. He's too harmless to break any hearts.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Farrelly brothers films are looking better and better, but aren't nearly as funny as their grungy early films that hit with the stealth and vigor of guerrilla commandos. Maybe there is a kind of heartbreak here after all.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Hard-R Farrelly bros. remake offers crude laughs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this hard-R comedy about a man who pursues another woman three days into his marriage (and doesn't seem to see a problem in that) will appeal to teens who love the Farrelly brothers and Ben Stiller, but the material is decidedly adult. There's enough sexual banter and outright nudity to make anyone blush: A couple is shown a number of times in non-traditional positions, with the woman shouting out orders about what the man should do to pleasure her; a man is said to have placed a married woman's hand on his genitals; a septuagenarian is shown in a hot tub with a much younger woman, with her massively implanted breasts bobbing in the water; etc.. Plus, there's profanity galore (from the usual suspects like "f--k" and "s--t" to some pretty imaginative combinations of those two and lots of their buddies), lots of drinking, and a pot-smoking scene.

  • Families can talk about why comedies like this one seem to target younger viewers (particularly teens), even though much of the subject matter skews older. Teens: Why do you want to see this movie? What makes these "over the top" comedies funny? (Or, if you're not a fan, what makes them unfunny?) Are the extreme sight gags necessary? Or have we become used to them and therefore immune to their impact? Is that good or bad? Families can also discuss who exactly the movie is making fun of -- is it just Ben Stiller's character, or men in general? What of the women -- do they fare any better in the gender wars?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A married man cheats on his wife within days of the wedding; his bride, on the other hand, appears to morph into a horrid version of herself within the same amount of time (it turns out that she's been somewhat misrepresenting the truth); characters do drugs, act dopey, hit each other, threaten bodily harm, etc.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A man bludgeons another man's legs with a baseball bat; some slapping during sex; some police brutality -- but it's all played for laughs.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Lots of innuendoes and discussions about sex (one character calls sex "crushing p---y"); a few scenes in which bare breasts are flashed during sex, with a couple shown in awkward positions; in one envelope-pushing scene, a woman urinates on a man, and her private parts (or what looks like them) are shown in close-up.

  • language false5

    Language: Strong and frequent. Words include: "damn," "c--t," "a--hole," "s--t" and "f--k," and various combos of them all.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Signs of touristy things to do at the Mexican resort; characters sing recognizable lyrics to songs loudly as they drive in the car; some liquor bottles are prominently displayed, as is the cover of a porno movie.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Much vacation drinking (tequila shots, champagne, cocktails) and one scene in which a couple shares marijuana.