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The Heartbreak Kid

Dragging out funny
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 3, 2007
2.5 2.5 Stars
THE HEARTBREAK KID: Not worth the two thumbs.

Elaine May’s The Heartbreak Kid (1972), which followed Charles Grodin’s commitment-phobic egotist on his disastrous honeymoon, was nominated for two Oscars. The only honor the remake is likely to vie for is “most athletic sex scene” at the MTV Movie Awards. That, or “most audible queef.” Yes, Bobby and Peter Farrelly are at the helm, and if you guessed they’d cast Ben Stiller as Eddie . . . well, you’d be correct. Not that there aren’t a few surprises. Like, if you’re blind (the Farrellys love the handicapped), you might think that Eddie’s bride, Lila, is played by Cameron Diaz. But leave the sunglasses behind and you’ll see there’s something else about Lila, and it’s Malin Akerman’s boobs bouncing to those thunderous queefs. Problems arise when Eddie meets his true soulmate (Michelle Monaghan) while honeymooning, and the Farrellys drag out their funny film so long that the post-credit “cookie” has post-credit credits.
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