The Heartbreak Kid (15)
Sunday 17 February 2008
The Heartbreak Kid is a remake of Neil Simon's black comedy from 1972. In the grubby hands of the Farrelly brothers, it's been changed from a social satire to a crude, silly farce which is riddled with jarring bestiality gags, and which grinds on for several scenes after the end credits should have rolled. It made me laugh louder and longer than any romantic comedy in years.
Ben Stiller stars as a man who "got married a week early". The manager of a sporting goods store in San Francisco, he's let too many eligible girlfriends slip through his fingers, so when he clicks with a sunny blond beauty, Malin Akerman, he sprints with her to the altar. A day later, as the newlyweds are driving to Mexico for their honeymoon, Akerman's continuous singing, sexual contortionism and deviated septum sow some seeds of doubt in Stiller's mind. A day after that, he meets the friendly, easy-going Michelle Monaghan, and those seeds sprout and bloom.
The Farrellys haven't been so gobsmackingly rude, and Stiller so toe-curlingly humiliated, since they teamed up on There's Something About Mary.
Glastonbury Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform with Paul Weller as their warm-up act
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Katie Hopkins gives rare glimpse of sensitive side with heartfelt open letter to her children penned in case she dies from epilepsy
- 2 Rihanna's Met Gala dress took one Chinese woman 2 years to make, was reduced to omelette meme in 2 seconds
- 3 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
- 4 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
- 5 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
Penny Dreadful, series 2 episode 1, review: It is still gloriously silly
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
Eurovision 2015: What date and time is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
Indiana Jones sequel confirmed by Lucasfilm - but will Harrison Ford return to the franchise?
How the Other Half Eat, Channel 4 - TV review: Swapping food trolleys shows how food and class are closely connected
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils