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L'arnacoeur (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 17 March 2010 (France)
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Alex and his sister run a business designed to break up relationships. They are hired by a rich man to break up the wedding of his daughter. The only problem is that they only have one week to do so.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie (as Helena Noguerra)
Amandine Dewasmes ...
Jean-Yves Lafesse ...
Jean-Marie Paris ...
Tarek Boudali ...
Le manager Montecarlo Bay
Philippe Lacheau ...
Le compagnon (as Philippe Lacheau dit « Fifi »)
Julien Arruti ...
Frère de Florence
Geoffrey Bateman ...
Le beau-père de Juliette


You could say Alex Lippi is a ladies' man but it is not true. Of course he has already wooed and charmed armies of women, young and less young, French and foreign. But Alex does it only on active service. Indeed he is appointed to break up undesired couplings. This time he must prevent a rich young lady from marrying an English millionaire. The girl is beautiful and the future husband a perfect match. Will he manage to accomplish this difficult mission? Written by Guy Bellinger

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When it comes to break-ups... he's the business See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

17 March 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Heartbreaker  »


Box Office


€8,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,608,428 (France), 21 March 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,628, 12 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$504,030, 12 December 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,438,829, 14 November 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The piano player is played by Caroline Duris, Romain Duris' sister. She is a talented pianist and already played for her brother in The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005) See more »


When Alex is pretending the fake car-jacking, the windows of the car is smashed, later on we can clearly see the left door with its pane. See more »


Marc: We open their eyes not their legs.
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Crazy Credits

A few seconds after the start of the end credits, there are three scenes that involve some of the characters: in the first one, the nymphomaniac friend of the female protagonist seduces the former fiancée of the latter; in the second scene, the father of the female protagonist chats with his friends; in the last scene, one of the characters tries to seduce a woman by imitating the main character's manners, but fails. See more »


References Dirty Dancing (1987) See more »


Nocturne in B flat major, Op. 9
Written by Frédéric Chopin
(P) & © Koka Media
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So funny!
20 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

I'm not into French cinema because I don't usually understand the jokes in them, but I went to see Heartbreaker last night for a special preview. I was completely surprised because it charmed me in the first five minutes and from then on it was an almost non-stop laughing, chuckling, cackling audience around me. I loved the storyline and the characters. Alex Lippi is a guy hired to seduce women and break up couples. When he is hired to sort out Juliette (Vanessa Paradis) 10 days before her wedding, he pulls out all the tricks from the hat but she doesn't fall for anything. Interestingly, the thing that it was in French made this movie work much better than a Hollywood version. I thoroughly enjoyed it because it was funny, witty, fresh, minus the clichés and cheap jokes.

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