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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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Colorado Man
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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 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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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The film is ranked no. #91 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years... 100 Laughs" list of the funniest American movies ever made. See more »

Goofs

At the Corcoran's dinner table, the camera zooms in on Kelly eating solid food off a fork. A split second later while 'Leonard' is in mid-sentence, she and the others are shown eating soup with spoons. See more »

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Mr. Corcoran: I have never heard such a crock of horse - -t in my life.
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Lyrics by Hal David
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dark twisted humor
1 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Lenny Cantrow (Charles Grodin) has married his NY Jewish princess Lila (Jeannie Berlin). They are driving to honeymoon in Miami beach. He starts to get annoyed by little things that Lila does. At the beach, he encounters the flirty Kelly Corcoran (Cybill Shepherd). He starts spending more and more time with her even after her father (Eddie Albert) moves out of the hotel to get away from the Jewish element. He starts lying to Lila to spend more time with Kelly. He divorces Lila to follow Kelly in Minnesota.

Elaine May is probably a better writer than a film director. She lacks a visual style and a cinematic sense of comedy. The theater is probably a better place for her than the big screen. Although she gets a good performance from Grodin. The Neil Simon script is a terrific skewering of the racial divide and Lenny is a terrific squirrelly protagonist. There are no big laughs but the movie has a great dark twisted humor about it.


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