The Heartbreak Kid (2007) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
Paramount || R - 115 minutes - $29.99 || December 16, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2008-12-09


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Writer(s): Bruce Jay Friedman (short story); Neil Simon (1972 screenplay), Scot Armstrong and Leslie Dixon and Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly & Kevin Barnett (screenplay)
Cast: Ben Stiller, Malin Akerman, Michelle Monaghan, Jerry Stiller, Carlos Mencia, Jerry Stiller


Theatrical Release Date: October 5, 2007


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • The Farrelly Brothers in The French Tradition
  • Ben & Jerry
  • Heartbreak Halloween
  • The Egg Toss
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (5.1 Dolby Digital), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

Normally thereís a good reason as to why a movie flops in theaters. After riding high on such releases like Thereís Something About Mary and Dodgeball, Stiller returned with a different formula in the comedy world relying more on a romantic comedy than his usual routine. The Heartbreak Kid even though a box-office dud is his best movie to date, and yes Iíve seen all of his movies.

Eddie (Ben Stiller) is a hopeless romantic. He attends the wedding of one of his exís who is now happily married. Much to his chagrin his ex calls him out during the wedding to embarrass him when toasting about how happy she is. His best friend Mac (Rob Corddry) also humiliates him as well, which makes Eddie feel even worse. To top it all off Eddie has to sit at the childrenís table in a hilarious scene that involves him acting like his wife is dead (heís single) and he finds a certain actor more attractive than the other.

One day while sulking along the sidewalk he runs into Lila (Malin Akerman) who is being mugged by a stranger on a bicycle. He saves the day and the two grow closer as the days go on. She ends up getting a job transfer but having fallen in love Eddie proposes to her so Lilaís job wonít send her away. Little does he know what horrors he is about to face.

Lila immediately after the wedding becomes the crazy psycho girl every guy has had the chance to date in life. She sings wildly in the car with an annoying voice and acts like a possessed doll (Think Chucky only not as stabby) during sex. The two have their honeymoon, but during the long vacation Eddie realizes that the two are not meant to be with each other.

He ends up meeting Miranda (Michelle Monaghan) while at the resort and the two kick it off. But he canít bring himself to tell Miranda that heís married to a crazy woman. Can Eddie somehow divorce his wife and marry Miranda? Are comedies this predictable? Will any celebrities like Eva Longoria make an appearance? Yeah, probably, since mentioning her was a pretty random thought.

This is a hilarious movie. Itís disappointing though characters like Mac and Tito (Carlos Mencia) donít have many lines in the film. Both are jaw-dropping funny in every scene they are in, and Tito has one of the best lines in the entire movie halfway through. It would have been better if they had more prominent roles in the film rather than dealing more with Mirandaís family which I think ate up too much time.

Overall though, this is a funny movie that comedy and romantic fans can enjoy. Donít forget to watch past the credit scenes for a delightful scene involving Lila.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Audio Commentary with the Farrelly Brothers: The directors sit down for a commentary about the movie. The two are entertaining throughout, and give a lot of insightful knowledge. For example they talk about the importance of Macís T-Shirt which has 1980 on it.

The Farrelly Brothers and the French Tradition (16 minutes): Discussion about the movie and how it was put together.

Ben & Jerry (5 minutes): Ben and Jerry Stiller talk about the experience of working with each other during the movie.

Heartbreak Halloween (3 minutes): The cast has a Halloween party to boost their spirits.

The Egg Toss (8 minutes): Exactly what it sounds like and is pretty entertaining to watch.

Gag Reel (4 minutes): The cast flubs up scenes in the movie.

Deleted Scenes (7 minutes): A collection of scenes that didnít make the cut. A few are funny and worth watching.

Finally the filmís theatrical trailer presented in HD is available.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

This is a gorgeous transfer. Hands down, this is one of the finest looking blu-rays that I have had a chance to view. Colors are vibrant and contrast is perfect in every scene. Grain is absent throughout the film as well. This is nearly demo material if you have nothing else lying around, as every scene (especially those later in the movie with the ocean in the background) looks absolutely stunning.

Just as good as the video, the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track shines just as well. Even for a comedy the sound and dialogue is perfect for the entire flick. Even though surrounds were barely used except in a few scenes, this is still an exceptional audio track compared to previous comedies such as Knocked Up. The sound keeps pace the entire movie with it being dead-on for the running time of the movie.



.::OVERALL::.

The Heartbreak Kid is a phenomenal movie. From start to finish the laughs are there and the acting is solid. Rarely is there a scene that laughter canít be found in some manner. Tie that in with an excellent special features package and near-perfect video and audio quality, this is a sure bet for a holiday gift. You wonít be breaking anyoneís heart by getting them this for the holidays.