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2000s, Comedy - Romantic

The Heartbreak Kid

Released 2007 Rating 18 in UK
Director The Farrellys Writer/s Scot Armstrong, Leslie Dixon, The Farrellys, Kevin Barnett
Starring Ben Stiller, Malin Akerman, Michelle Monaghan
Source of story A short story by Bruce Jay Friedman and a screenplay by Neil Simon
Elevator Pitch A forty year old single man is prompted by his friends to propose marriage to an attractive young woman who he hardly knows. Things go bad on his honeymoon in Mexico when she turns out to be extremely stupid, out of work, owing lots of money, and excessively demanding in bed. But when the bride is confined to their room by extreme sunburn he begins to fall for another very attractive guest who is staying in the hotel with her family.
Content A very nice Mexican hotel – so it seems. Quite a lot of what I call “infill”, dialogue which does not advance the plot, or the development of character. Some surprisingly explicit but unrealistic looking sex.
A View This seems like a good idea which has been derailed during the development, so unless you particularly want to see Malin Akerman’s breasts, or Michelle Monaghan looking sweet, give it a miss.

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