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A Test Screening Review Of THE HEARTBREAK KID With Ben Stiller!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. I’m not sure if we ever linked to the trailer for THE HEARTBREAK KID when it went live. It’s strange... I’ve met Pete and Bobby Farrelly many times over the years I’ve been working at AICN, and I know how much the original HEARTBREAK KID meant to them. This is something that Pete in particular has wanted to do for a long time. Even so, I’m not really feeling it. At least, not based on that trailer. I know that trailers lie, though, so I’m curious to see what someone who’s actually seen the movie has to say about it:

Hey Moriarty, Denny Crane here from Australia, I am a long time reader of the site, though this is my first time writing in. My friend scored a few tickets to a mystery movie for what the cinemas claimed to be a “blockbuster comedy”. I was really hoping for Superbad but turned out to be the new Farrelly Brothers film - The Heartbreak Kid (which, thankfully, isn't a remake of an Australian film of the same name from the 90s). When the announcer told the crowd it was the brother’s new film everyone seemed really excited. They gave us the usual spiel about the film being incomplete and perhaps not the final cut (though seemed fairly finished to me), we were then told that we were one of the first audiences in the world to see it. I have never seen the original 70s version, so I was watching from a fresh-eyed perspective. The film basically revolves around Ben Stiller’s character Eddie, a slightly grey haired 40-year-old sports store owner who is yet to be married. Deciding to go to his ex-fiancée (who he broke up with because, among other reasons, she didn’t find the beaver in Caddy Shack to be realistic) wedding on Valentine’s Day, Eddie comes to the realisation that he needs to find someone. Walking home Eddie unsuccessfully tries to stop a guy from stealing a woman’s bag. He and the woman, Lila, then start to date and after a making-out montage she tells him that her job as an environmental researcher is making her move overseas. The only way they can stay together (and Lila not being forced to go overseas) is if they get married, and after only six weeks of dating the two tie the knot. From there onwards the film follows Eddie and Lila on their honeymoon at a Mexican resort. But to Eddie’s shock his wife is somewhat annoying. She sings to every song on a car ride, is completely crazy while having sex, preferring over-the-top positions (“What’s the missionary position?”) and used to have a problem with blow which has now caused her to have a $26,000 debt, despite her job being volunteer work. Fight after fight ensures between the two and Eddie then meets Miranda, whom he starts to spend time with when Lila is too badly sunburnt to go out. With Eddie considering divorce from Lila and Miranda and her family mistakenly believing Eddie’s wife had been murdered a few years earlier the two start to hit it off. And naturally we have the crux and the conflict of the film... What worked - The great soundtrack (a staple in Farrelly Brothers films), the quote “pussy dick” and some of the largest breasts you’ll ever see floating in a Jacuzzi. Stiller Junior is in typical Stiller mode, while Michelle Monaghan plays Miranda quite well. Jerry Stiller, who plays Ben’s father in the film, is naturally brilliant as usual. He also has all the best one-liners, including asking his son to join him in Vegas to pick up some girls and do some tag teaming with him. And also announcing that Eddie has only “crushed three pussies since breaking up with his ex-fiancée.” (Ben replies, “Dad, can you stop saying that”, Jerry: “Fine, snatch”). The characters of the resort’s worker Uncle Tito and Stiller’s best friend are also worth a mention, as are the hilariously over-the-top raw sex scenes. Though this is all nothing compared to the scene which got the most laughs- Lila pulling down her pants to reveal a full-frontal bush that literally springs to life like a Venus Fly Trap with a pussy ring inside and begins to urinate on Eddie.... This is on the same level as the penis caught in the zipper from There’s Something About Mary. What didn’t work- OK, so I’m probably going to get killed in the feedback for saying this about a comedy (and it might have been the cut we saw), but the story didn’t feel complete or full enough, it was just missing something. Likewise, the abrupt ending didn’t give much closure, was predictable and didn’t sit well with me. Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if they change the ending, I know I would. It also lacked the heart of Shallow Hal or to a lesser extent, Stuck On You, which I think would have worked well in a film like this. While the grossness levels were not as high as Me, Myself and Irene or There’s Something About Mary (bar the sex scenes and pussy fly trap scene). Final thoughts- Overall, this was a very funny film, with some great one-liners and characters, which the audience seemed to really enjoy and get into. I’d say most will enjoy it, though I feel it really needed to be filled out a touch more and perhaps even a refilmed ending. But don’t let that scare you off when you head to the cinemas to see it in October because you’ll still have a very good laugh.... Keep up the great work guys.
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  • Aug. 6, 2007, 7:55 a.m. CST

    hey

    by tikilounge55

    yipee

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 7:56 a.m. CST

    forget heartbreak kid

    by onefatman

    they should remake heartbreak high. and ben stiller could play drazic.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 8:01 a.m. CST

    The trailer I saw looked like shit . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . Or maybe I'm just sick of Stiller playing the same damn neurotic character (Something About Mary, Along Came Polly) in between over the top characters (Zoolander, Dodgeball). And it's a friggin' gopher in Caddyshack, not a beaver.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 8:07 a.m. CST

    the Beaver in Caddyshack?

    by theBigE

    I'm confused. Is he talking about the pesky gopher under the course?

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Beat me to it, Marmot

    by theBigE

    And there's no way the MPAA will allow a golden shower in an R rated film. Am I right?

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Thanks!

    by dr sauch

    for blowing some of the better jokes, douche.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Finally a movie about...

    by imkindofabigdeal

    SHAWN MICHAELS!!! The Heart Break Kid, the icon, the show stoppa!!! Anyway could this be funny, possibly. At least the two female leads Michelle Monaghan(brunette) and Malin Akerman(blonde) are super f'n hotties. Plus Rob Corddry is pretty hilarious.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST

    So am I the only one on the planet

    by spaceghost1818

    who doesn't find Ben Stiller funny in the least? Not only is he not funny, but he practically ruins every movie for me, even when he's only in it for a few minutes. At least Will Ferrell (who I also don't get at all) wasn't terrible in Old School. But Ben Stiller? I just don't see the funny.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Cameo by The Nature Boy Rick Flair

    by BillyPilgrim

    During the golden shower scene, The Nature Boy pokes his head in the door and gives his patented wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST

    I also was meh..ed by the trailer

    by kingoflight

    It looked shit.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    The Caddyshack Beaver

    by slone13

    Lacie Underall?

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST

    The ending to STUCK ON YOU SUCKED!

    by Cinemajerk

    Seriously. You sorta like the film but then say it would have been better if the ending was more like STUCK ON YOU??? Or had more heart? Stuck on you was the WORST F bros film. The ending of that movie with the big theatre scene makes me cringe everytime I see it. I am sure Meryl Streep had fun filming it...but WTF? It was so lame as to be beyond lame. I get the feeling this new F bros film will be MUCH better. And I am not even excited to see it. nuff said.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Ben Stiller sucks

    by Yack Backer

    That is all.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:11 a.m. CST

    In defense of the Stillmeister.

    by Cinemajerk

    I beg to differ Yack Backer. Ben Stiller is a funny guy. His comedic timing is great, and hes a solid writer/director. You have to give him that. He has been doing the same kind of role lately tho. If I were his agent, I think a dramatic role(a la Permanent Midnight) or getting back behind the camera again(a la Cable Guy) would be a good move right about now.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:17 a.m. CST

    The original is a classic, this will probably suck...

    by The Central Scrutinizer

    The original film starring Charles Grodin and Cybil Shepard is great. The Charles Grodin character is completely unsympathetic, as a guy who immediately regrets getting married while still on his honeymoon. As awful as his behavior is, you kind of root for him anyway. It will be interesting to see just how far from the original film that they'll go to make Ben Stiller more likable. It'll no doubt suck anyway.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Yes Ben Stiller can play perplexed

    by skimn

    ..we get it. Did anyone ever see the original from Simon and May? It looks like the F Brothers took the basic premise and fit it to their sensibilities and Stllers persona. I'm not saying that the remake should carbon copy the original, but Charles Grodin played the main character as a kind of weasel who falls for Cybil Sheppard on his honeymoon, because he falls for her beauty, not because his new bride is unbearable. I will admit there weren't enough hairy pubic scenes in the original.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST

    It looks ok, but...

    by Vamp-AICNchat

    I don't think it'll be the one of the best Farrelly Brothers films. Hey, did you see Ben Stiller's hair - it's going grey fast.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST

    The original

    by Merkin Muffley

    As stated by others, what makes the original compelling is that Grodin's character was pretty unlikable and ultimately is not redeemed. I can't imagine they'll take that path with a comedy in Hollywood today.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 12:29 p.m. CST

    How has no one brought up

    by Quin the Eskimo

    that Malin Akerman is the Silk Spectre!! (Thats the bush lady)

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Farrellys now have the retards writing scripts..

    by 2for2true

    ...instead of starring in minor roles.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 1:31 p.m. CST

    As Jeffrey Ross Once Said...

    by Aquatarkusman

    ... I wouldn't fuck that movie with Bea Arthur's dick.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 1:52 p.m. CST

    What a travesty.

    by AnnoyYou

    The original "Heartbreak Kid" was one of the great dark "anti-hero" comedies of the '70s. The whole premise revolved around the protagonist being a large waffling dick who ruined one woman's life and was on the way to ruining another's by the film's end, all because he always saw the grass being greener on the other side. He was selfish and childish, and the best part is that the film didn't shy away from presenting him that way. This movie, however, sounds like another dim Farrelly vehicle for stupid slapstick and sex jokes. Too bad they didn't have the cojones to stick to the original story. It might have been good.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 2:01 p.m. CST

    AnnoyYou & Merkin Muffley are right...

    by The Central Scrutinizer

    ...the comedy in the original came from the fact that Grodin's character was a total asshole. His new wife did nothing to deserve being treated that badly and Grodin was completely self-involved. This new film looks like the groom finds out his new wife has newly revealed flaws, thus sort of justifying his behavior. I don't think this approach works. Do yourself a favor and rent thr original.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Eddie Albert in the original.

    by The Central Scrutinizer

    Some of the best stuff in the original are the scenes between Eddie Albert and Charles Grodin. Just as funny as hell. Watching Albert make Grodin's character squirm is absolute gold!

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Jason Bateman and Amy Poehler

    by mstique

    were supposed to be in this, instead of Stiller and Malin Akerman. Now that would've been funny. But at least we get to see The Silk Spectre's acting chops beforehand, eh?

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    in the new movie

    by ag 721

    Ben Stiller plays an asshole in this movie and "His new wife did nothing to deserve being treated that badly and Grodin was completely self-involved" Same premise here. She is annoying but doesnt warrant what Ben does.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 3:03 p.m. CST

    I am just sick of

    by emeraldboy

    ben stiller. I just the same tired shtick and its getting tiring. am I looking forward to him and tom cruise. no. By the way, did anyone here see star stories on Friday night about the cruiser. Very funny stuff. The full title was Church of scientology presents Being Tom Cruise or Why the Church of Scientology is in no way mental. The highlight was Kevin Bishop as Cruise being hit repeatedly hit over the head by shovel wielding John Travolta. I loved the potty mouth Nicole Kidman, The robotic Katie Holmes, the constant referencing to NIcole getting her tits out in Dead Calm and tom talking to the aliens. "Can I sit Down next to you cause youre taller then I am". Star Stories can be hit and miss but it is very funny. I think the best think they ever did was in season one was the catherine Zeta jones story. and this week its the Simon Cowell story.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 3:10 p.m. CST

    THE FARRELLY BROTHERS

    by WISEBLOOD

    sssssuuuuuuuuccccckkkkkkk. They've made 1 funny film: Kingpin, and one mildly funny film: Dumb and Dumber. Everything else they've done has been the worst kind of unfunny garbage that theaters have to offer. If it takes two of them to be that frakin weak, I'd hate to see what a solo farrelly would unleash; probably something like Ishtar.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Full-frontal Bush with Venus flytrap and "pussy ring"??

    by Puddleglum

    Come on, is this shit for real? I know the Farrelly's get into some pretty odious stuff, but that just sounds too juvenile and stupid in description to actually be put on film. <p> The only PLANT I believe is in this story is the guy telling it.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Aquatarkusman - that quote is hilarious

    by Puddleglum

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Anything starring Charles Grodin begs for remake

    by liljuniorbrown

    Just saying.....and you BillyPilgrim props on the Nature Boy shout out and the decent talkback name.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Grilled Steak Caprese at the Olive Garden looks good

    by BringingSexyBack

    and I hate Ben Stiller.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 6:03 p.m. CST

    What? they test screened this

    by kinoman

    in Australia??? Can that be right?

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 6:18 p.m. CST

    you guys are humorless assclowns

    by Geek Sodomizer

    that is all.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to the

    by bobster52

    Whatever happened to the Farrelly Brother's 3 Stooges film? I was looking forward to that.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 6:52 p.m. CST

    This is SO OBVIOUSLY BULLSHIT

    by finky089

    There's no way this "test screening" review is legit. It's in Australia? There's a live-action venus fly-pussy? Sorry, but this story stinks to high heaven, guys.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 6:54 p.m. CST

    "probably going to get killed in the feedback for this"

    by finky089

    Please...when did anyone legitimately reviewing a test screening worry about trashing the structure of a movie? PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANTY-PLANT PLANT PLANT <p> And I ain't just saying that because I want the next F Bros, movie to be good.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 7:52 p.m. CST

    They should change the title

    by proper

    if you ain't down with that I have 2 words for ya.Emeraldboy= I find Star stories funny too,my favourite bit this week was Tom Cruises dad.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Farrelly Brothers haven't...

    by The Central Scrutinizer

    ...made a funny movie in a good long while. If this one follows their trend and isn't any good they'll be finished.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 8:41 p.m. CST

    semi-proof its not a plant

    by Jezzareno

    i was meant to go see a mystery film the other week but had work and let my gf's bro go instead. this was the email i got from the cinemas http://tinyurl.com/32gk8l i showed this story to my gf bro who went to the screening, he said it was all true....

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 8:48 p.m. CST

    so lemme get this straight...

    by BizarroJerry

    They're actually going to visually portray a live-action special effects-created vagina onscreen in this film? Just double-checking.

  • Aug. 6, 2007, 10:36 p.m. CST

    "A DIT-DIT-DIT-DIT! A DIT-DIT-DIT-DIT-DIT!"

    by Osmosis Jones

    Ben Stiller used to be funny. What happened?

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 12:09 a.m. CST

    This'll be more slapschtick than the original,

    by Boris Baddenov

    So it seems! I enjoyed the original with Charles Grodin -- and REALLY was impressed by Eddie Albert's stuffy WASPish role as Cybill Shepherd's Daddy. He could see right through Grodin's "crock of horseshit" dinner speech. Just knowing how the Farrelly Bros.' style of comedy is, they'd prob'ly include actual "horseshit" in the scene, eh?

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Jerry Stller is one of the funniest men alive

    by strangernparadis

    too bad it skipped his son.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Star Stories is great

    by Lost Prophet

    the Take that one last week was hysterical- with Howard the wookie and the thin 3 living in a dumpster. True story: before celebrity BB and the reformation of that shitty boy band, one year Mark Owen received a royalty cheque for £0.49. That's 49p. Christ, they got fucked in the arse.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST

    It's pretty good

    by Jnott78

    Saw this several months back her in the states. Except it was not called"Mystery Blockbuster" just simply "The Heartbreak Kid" I suppose they figured it was getting good buzz. Any rate.. the reviews is 100% accurate. I went in thinking the film was going to be complete garbage but was actually pretty funny. I do find it hard to believe that all the raunchy sex scenes (cock me?) will be included in the R-rated version for theaters.. including the golden shower/hair snatch scene. But it will make good filler for the unrated DVD i'm sure. But then again, what the hell do I know, the MPAA has let stranger stuff through. I found the film on par with movies like Dumb and Dumber.. and i suppose Something about mary.. although I was never the biggest fan of that. I've never seen Stuck on you, shallow hal, or king pin so i cant' really comment. But i will say i was surprised by this one

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 9:51 a.m. CST

    This cannot be said enough...

    by Darkman

    THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY - most overrated comedy of the last 20 years.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    The Farrelley's Are Mediocre at Best.

    by jdesmondi

    When the hell did the uttering of crude vulgarities by the elderly automatically become funny? My god, the Farrelley's are the single most overrated comedy writer/directors in Hollywood. From Something About Mary to that crappy film with Carrey to that other crappy film with Jack Black, NOTHING these idiots have come up with has every garnered more than one or two mild laughs. This one will be no better. Pass.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Farrellys have sucked as hard as ......Brett Ratner's

    by artie langes nut

    TRANNY...........................................HEY O O O O .................Malin Ackerman is hot though

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Howard donald as a wookie

    by emeraldboy

    was one of the funniest things I have seen in Very very long time. LP did you see the Star Stories ep where they told the story of Catherine Zeta Jones. Hysterical. Especially the part where they crucified Mick Hucknall and the stuff with her father and Micheal's dad was just great. I am mick hucknall and look at my wallet. I can buy anything I want and I am going to buy you catherine. The stuff with Douglas was so funny because it was true. But the perhaps their finest hour was the savaging the gave Madonna and guy. Really great stuff. I cannot put into words how funny that was. Tom you religion sounds as bonkers as mine and I am catholic. star stories is the best comedy show on tv currently. It makes laugh.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Another dude says "See the Original!"

    by bswise

    As directed by Elaine May with an Altmanesque vibe from Neil Simon's best all-time screenplay, 1972's "The Heartbreak Kid" has more in common with such dark human nature comedies as Mike Nichols and Jule's Feiffer's "Carnal Knoweldge," Alan Arkin and Feiffer's "Little Murders," or even "The Graduate" and "MASH." Among Groden's best work of the 70's, with great performances by Cybill Shepard and Eddie Albert, Jeannie Berlin steals the show as the outrageously annoying but ultimately sympathetic Lila Kolodny.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 2:39 p.m. CST

    I blame porkies

    by emeraldboy

    I was watching Naked Gun 2.5 the smell of fear and the opening scene is still funny after 20 years. The younger crowd of comedy writers dont know about proft and jim abrams and jerry zucker and it is like they dont exist. Its like someone flooded hollywood with copies of porkies to the point everything else got replaced. gross makes money. I like american pie sweet, funny and charming. Put the rest were rubbish.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 3:27 p.m. CST

    WILL THE FUR BURGER SCENES MAKE IT INTO AMERICA?

    by artie langes nut

    So Brett Ratners Tranny can see what one looks like ? HEY O O O O O O O O O O O O O

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Farrelly brothers comedies

    by The Central Scrutinizer

    The best of the Farrelly brothers comedies are only funny the on the first viewing because of their shock value. Repeated viewings, not so much. Remaking "The Heartbreak Kid" is a monumental miscalculation. It will only invite comparisons to the original, and it cannot hope to compete with the hilarious, awkward chemistry of Eddie Albert & Charles Grodin.

  • Aug. 7, 2007, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah...

    by The Central Scrutinizer

    ...did anyone mention that Bret Ratner lets dudes blow him?

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Yeah, the Zeta Jones one was savage

    by Lost Prophet

    but she deserves it. I also have a soft spot for the Beckham one.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Some of the Farrelly movies hold up after 1st viewing

    by finky089

    Dumb & Dumber, Kingpin, and Somethign About Mary are still funny on a repeat basis to me. Granted I don't see them often and they still aren't as good as Naked Gun (1 and maybe 2.5), Airplane, and Kentucky Fried Movie.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Kentucky Fried Movie kicks ass!

    by finky089

    Big Jim Slade! <p> Avenu shalom alechem <p> Avenu shalom alechem <p> Avenu shalom, <p> shalom, <p> shalom alechem!

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Catholic High School Girls In Trouble

    by finky089

    I would much rather see this than an unnecessary remake of Heartbreak Kid.

  • Aug. 8, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST

    I was over at Imdb on the Star stories thread

    by emeraldboy

    I have to say. The most outstanding episode of the all of the two series, so far in my mind is being angelina joile. If you have not seen it, buy the dvd and watch it over and over again. They turned her into vampire. bit harsh you may say. but think of the facts, She likes sharp knives, wears a vile of blood around her neck, is big into tomb stones and collects husbands and lets not talk about what happens between her and her brother......... and have you noticed that not none of her three exes talk about her. creepy. or bats. well she chose well with brad. brad is easy to manipulate. Maybe she is raising a child like zombie army......