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Parents' Guide to

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Hard-R Farrelly bros. remake offers crude laughs.

Movie R 2007 116 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Offensive and gaslighting Ben does it again

Wildly offensive, with homophobia, racism, fatphobia and rape jokes. There are also two scenes depicting bestiality as some kind of tourist attraction with a woman appearing to be forced into the situation. The sex and nudity content is truly the least of your concerns when considering if your child should watch this film. Do not be misguided by Ben Stiller's typically 'family-friendly' appeal, this isn't the one.
age 15+

Not suitable for people under 15.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (8 ):

On its own merits, The Heartbreak Kid is an entertaining-enough comedy, with a decent dose of laughs. Silly/extreme sight gags are particularly plentiful. But the film can't be judged purely on its own merits, because it's a remake. While the Farrellys have changed their version enough to make it different, they chose not to change the title -- and maybe they should have, because their film just doesn't compare to the 1972 version. Whereas the original was layered, the new movie stays as close to the surface as can be, content to make viewers laugh not at the human condition but at whatever gross-out moment is unwinding onscreen. A crucial scene in which the husband breaks off with his new bride -- which put the heartbreak in the original film -- lacks punch here, diluted with yet another gag. And while May's movie ends on a wistful, almost painful note that immediately shifts everything that came before it into brilliance; the Farrellys just try to get away with one more joke (bitter as it may be).

All of that said, the new Heartbreak Kid does have Stiller, who rises to the occasion once more, never overplaying a scene; the same is true for his dad, Jerry Stiller, who plays Eddie's pervy-but-supportive father in the movie. (Akerman seems to be channeling Cameron Diaz, to some success, and Monaghan's passable.) Still, the Stillers alone aren't enough to buoy this film to There's Something About Mary greatness. Since that movie was released in 1998, Judd Apatow has arrived on the scene and, in a way, proceeded to out-Farrelly the Farrellys. Maybe that's part of the problem. When the big moment (involving a Man o' War and a bodily function) arrives in the end, we're not shocked enough. Nor are we laughing out loud.

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