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The Heartbreak Kid (2007) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Ben Stiller, Malin Akerman, Michelle Monaghan, Danny McBride, Jerry Stiller

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Eddie has trouble committing to relationships. It doesn't help that he's past his prime. One day he tries to stop a mugger on the street, and although he doesn't catch him, he meets the charming victim, Lila. She seems perfect and on top of it all, she likes Eddie. Wishing to hold on to his luck, Eddie takes the plunge and marries Lila.

As soon as they start their honeymoon trip to Cabo in Mexico, the cracks appear under the surface. Lila's weird habits start to drive Eddie crazy, and the lovemaking is no picnic either. Another guest at the resort catches his attention: Miranda, a down to earth woman from Mississippi. When Lila gets an awful sunburn, it gives Eddie the opportunity to pursue Miranda. He falls in love with her, while hiding the fact that he's married.

Eventually it all comes crashing down on the hapless Eddie and he finds himself dumped by Lila and Miranda both. He decides to travel to Mississippi and try to win over Miranda. It turns out that she's already gotten married, and she rejects Eddie, even though she secretly has feelings for him.

We skip a year and a half forward. Eddie is now living in Cabo. He meets Miranda again, and she tells him she's newly single. They agree to go out for drinks later, only for us to see that Eddie has gone and married another woman again. Poor Eddie just can't catch a break.
Best part of story, including ending: The main premise has a lot of potential, and some of the scenes are really funny. The problem though is that there are a lot of subplots and characters introduced that aren't worth our time.

Best scene in story: The scene at Eddie and Lila's wedding, when the bride introduces her mother. We can see Eddie's wheels turning inside his head at this first sign that things are not what they seem.

Opinion about the main character: It's funny seeing Eddie trying to grasp and deal with every new quirk Lila brings, in a traditional Ben Stiller performance.

The review of this Movie prepared by Vlad Codirla a Level 5 American Goldfinch scholar





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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Comedy or Parody about    -   married couple fighting How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Mexico City?    -   Yes City:    -   San Francisco Misc setting    -   beach

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing full frontal--women Any profanity?    -   A huge amnt of foul language

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