The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  1 February 1973 (Argentina)
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Three days into his Miami honeymoon, New York Jewish Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms him in his opinion that he has made a serious mistake and he decides he wants Kelly ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Corcoran
Mr. Corcoran
Mitchell Jason ...
Cousin Ralph
Colorado Man
Augusta Dabney ...
Colorado Woman
Mrs. Cantrow
Marilyn Putnam ...
Mrs. Kolodny
Jack Hausman ...
Mr. Kolodny
Erik Lee Preminger ...
Pecan Pie Waiter
Tim Browne ...
Kelly's Boyfriend
Jean Scoppa ...
Flower Girl


Three days into his Miami honeymoon, New York Jewish Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms him in his opinion that he has made a serious mistake and he decides he wants Kelly instead. Her rich father is less than keen and lets everyone - including Lenny - know that he hates everything about him and the way he is going on. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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1 February 1973 (Argentina)  »

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Neil Simon's The Heartbreak Kid  »

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The picture is only one of four theatrical feature films directed by the film's director, actress-writer-director Elaine May. The film was May's second directorial effort. See more »


(at around 1h 1 min) The waiter walks away from Lenny and Kelly's table but in the next shot he is back in his previous position immediately by the table. See more »


Mr. Corcoran: Not if they tied me to a horse and pulled me forty miles by my tongue.
Lenny Cantrow: I respect your frankness.
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Referenced in Full House: The Heartbreak Kid (1993) See more »


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Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Hal David
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Humor and Pathos at the Same Time
1 February 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The movie's a comedy, I think, though it produces as many cringes as laughs. It's hard not to laugh at poor Lila (Berlin) as she flubs her honeymoon with sunburn crème blotches, oozing egg sandwiches, and ill-timed bathroom breaks. But then she's so emotionally needy, it's hard not to laugh and cry at the same time. On the other hand, husband Lenny's (Grodin) got all the empathy of a ham sandwich, as he chases after blonde goddess Kelly (Shepherd), piling one absence excuse on Lila after another. This is the honeymoon from heck, especially after the goddess-struck Lenny sues for divorce. But then he does grant Lila "the luggage".

The humor's in the character set-ups, and Lenny's special brand of chutzpah. A little fast- talking, he thinks, gets him out of any situation. That is, until he runs into Kelly's humorless dad (Albert). Seems like the proverbial irresistible force has run into the immovable object. But has it. Grodin's appropriately obnoxious when Lenny needs to be; Berlin's vulnerable when Lila needs to be; Shepherd's gorgeous without trying; while Albert's stony mug belongs on Mt. Rushmore. And catch that contemplative ending, not what I expected, but probably appropriate for what's gone before.

All in all, the movie's something of a guilty pleasure and certainly one of a kind. I do, however, miss Grodin's smirking brand of put-on.

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