Heartbreak Kid, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: -1/2

Content: -4

Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Malin Akerman, Jerry Stiller. Comedy. Written by Bobby & Peter Farrelly, Kevin Barnett, Leslie Dixon, Scot Armstrong. Directed by Peter & Bobby Farrelly.

FILM SYNOPSIS: This remake of a 1970s film concerns an indecisive single man who marries only to discover another woman on his Mexican honeymoon who turns out to be his soul mate.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Bestiality, a close-up of a womans vagina as she pees on her husband, and an elderly man with a penchant for graphic descriptions of the sex act: these are the highlights of The Heartbreak Kid remake. I say highlights, because these crudities seemed to get the biggest laughs, especially from younger audience members. Besides the main character being morally reprehensible, nearly everything about this film is a how-to guide on how not to live your life. But Im not sure thats the point of the filmmakers. Indeed, I suspect the next film from the Farrelly brothers (Theres Something About Mary), will consist of a Saturday Night Live alumni just sitting on a toilet staring at the audience and making lewd remarks while he defecates. Theres really not that much difference between that scenario and this film. From this film, youd have no clue as to whether or not these actors are funny. Every laugh came from the I-cant-believe-I-just-saw/heard-that school of comedy. Its not just sophomoric, its third grade.

Folks, Ive always tried to be somewhat sensitive when describing the content of a film. I dont want to be too graphic. After all, why should I put the very images and words in your head we say are offensive in movies? But with this film, I want to make it clear just how offensive the material is and give evidence that our society as a whole is becoming utterly desensitized to Hollywoods way of entertaining. Be warned, if you read the following content, it will be very descriptive. I hope you will be incensed just not with the messenger. And I assure you, I will be careful not to make a habit of including such descriptions in future reviews. Im just angry that people would make this kind of junk and that others would be entertained by it. Sensibilities have evolved (or devolved) concerning what people are willing to view and listen to and Im no longer convinced that the majority of todays movie-going audience would find humor in material that doesnt shock.

DVD alternatives: Adams Rib. Its got some age on it, but if you can abort a prejudice for black & white movies, youll find it a literate and funny battle-of-the-sexes comedy with husband and wife attorneys (Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn) facing off in an attempted murder trial.

The Awful Truth. This classic screwball comedy has Cary Grant and Irene Dunne as a divorced couple sabotaging each others new relationships. Grant reveals his expert touch with physical and verbal comic timing. Forget the age its a perfect comedy.

Okay, for old film phobiacs out there, heres a newer one: Whats Up Doc? Barbra Streisand and Ryan ONeal star in this always-funny screwball comedy. Well, maybe its not that much newer. But its in color!

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor:
DreamWorks/Paramount

Summary
The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Crudity from beginning to end both in language and activity, and from several characters; Ben Stillers real-life father portrays his on-screen father he plays this role with an unabashed crude whimsy; nearly everything he says is crude, obscene or profane; the character keeps asking his son if hes crushing any pussy; while I apologize for using that phrase in this section, suffice it to say, other utterings from Jerry Stiller are even more offensive; there are endless crudities, all played for laughs, such as hearing the newlywed woman making flatulence sounds from behind the ajar bathroom door.

Obscene Language: The first scene has the elder Stiller wondering why his single son isnt having sex and muttering crudities to describe the sex act; the descriptions, as I pointed out above are shockingly coarse; this led way to obscene language peppering the dialogue; the f-word, s-word and other obscenities are spoken frequently and no character seems immune to such words.

Profanity: Several characters use the term godd---. While Gods name followed by a curse has become accepted speech in every film genre by most moviegoers, here it seemed even more repugnant; the lead characters demonstrate a complete irreverence toward God and biblical teachings throughout; while I hesitate making any moral judgment against others, I have to say, I felt like I was spending all this time with Godless people; again, I apologize if that seems a pious statement, but I didnt want to be there, nor do I look forward to further entertainment by the filmmakers or the star.

Violence: There are some slapstick pratfalls and at one point a man starts beating another with a baseball bat.

Sex: There are a couple of graphic sexual situations, played out like a rough porno movie; the new wife is supposed to be very dominant in bed, suggesting several positions, this gets very graphic; the lead is an adulterer and continues to deceive women even to films end; tourists are enticed in a Mexican marketplace to view a behind-the-doors attraction that turns out to be a sex act we see a quick shot of what appears to be bestiality, with a donkey on top of a woman, his erect penis about to enter her.

Nudity: Lots of nudity.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Throughout, never is love the focus of such discussions.

Drugs: Everybody gets drunk, and often; one scene has the two leads sitting on the beach, casually smoking pot.

Other: The father is nervous about being in the Bible belt, saying these people have guns; much of the film takes place in Mexico and several of its citizens are portrayed in a mocking, stereotypical manner; after her husband is bitten by a man-of-war, a woman lowers her panties, we see what appears to be her private area and she urinates on him this is played for laughs and urine on such a sting is medically sound, but the close-up shot is very graphic.

Running Time: 115 minutes
Intended Audience: Morons (thats just my opinion)


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