The Heartbreak Kid (1993)

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Michael Jenkins' movie "The Heartbreak Kid" centres on the coming of age relationship between a teacher (Claudia Karvin), and a wild and spirited student (Alex Demitrides). The teacher , ... See full summary »



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Michael Jenkins' movie "The Heartbreak Kid" centres on the coming of age relationship between a teacher (Claudia Karvin), and a wild and spirited student (Alex Demitrides). The teacher , Christiana jolts the young man, Nicks sexuality beyond belief. This story is centred in the Australian-Greek life upbringing which Nick is shown the truth about street life. Christiana is locked into traditions of how women are restricted into Greek traditions of women in the work place. Also how she commits herself into destined life of marriage with children which leaves her living across the street with her mom and dad. Written by Milt (Canada)

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A hip, hot and sexy lesson in love.




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Led to the spinoff TV series "Heartbreak High." See more »


Nick Polides: [to Christina] I love you, Bubba.
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(I Can Just) Lose Myself In You
Written by Brian Cadd & David Hirschfelder
Performed by Lisa Edwards
Published by Fairydust Music/TWO/PolyGram Music
Produced by David Hirschfelder
Courtesy of Polydor Records Australia
Recorded at Metropolis Studios, Melbourne
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I didn't know this led to the creation of 'Heartbreak High'
3 July 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this film a few days ago by accident on late night TV. As it was starting it looked kind of dated and I thought it was a 50's film of some sort. But then i saw the Greek family and as i'm from a Greek background i thought it was gonna be an interesting watch.

Then after I saw about 15 minutes i knew it was based on the TV series "Heartbreak High" or should i say the series was based on the film. I never knew this film existed or that the series was based on such a film so it was a bit of shock.

It's an interesting fictional film that takes place in the Greek community in Australia. However, it felt a bit corny in places only because it was made 10 years ago and it's really dated.

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