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Heartbreakers (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 23 March 2001 (USA)
A mother and daughter con team seduce and scam wealthy men.

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David Mirkin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Angela Nardino / Max Conners / Ulga Yevanova
Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Wendy / Page Conners / Jane Helstrom
Ray Liotta ... Dean Cumanno / Vinny Staggliano
Jason Lee ... Jack Withrowe
Anne Bancroft ... Gloria Vogal / Barbara
Jeffrey Jones ... Mr. Appel
Gene Hackman ... William B. Tensy
Nora Dunn ... Miss Madress
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Leo
Ricky Jay ... Dawson's Auctioneer
Sarah Silverman ... Linda
Zach Galifianakis ... Bill
Michael Hitchcock ... Dr. Arnold Davis
Pierre Gonneau Pierre Gonneau ... Priest at First Wedding
Shawn Colvin ... Minister at Second Wedding
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Storyline

Max and Page are a mother and daughter con team. Max seduces wealthy men into marrying her, then Page seduces them into infidelity so Max can rake them over the divorce court coals. And then it's on to the next victim. Written by Greg Bulmash <greg@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

They will love you for richer. And leave you for poorer. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related content including dialogue | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

23 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breakers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,801,323, 25 March 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,336,607

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,756,408
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Back when the movie was supposed to start filming in 1997 actress Alicia Silverstone was originally cast in the role of Page and Doug Liman (the director of Go (1999) and Swingers (1996)) was set to direct, but as time passed Jennifer Love Hewitt ended up playing Page and David Mirkin (who also directed Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)) took over directing duties. See more »

Goofs

There is no mud visible on Page when she is star-watching, even though she fell and got her legs covered with mud in the previous scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Priest at First Wedding: Do you, Angela Nardino, take Dean Cumanno as your lawfully wedded husband? To love, honor, and obey, 'til death do you part?
Angela Nardino: I do.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD release contains 20 deleted scenes. These include:
  • Maxine and Paige are exercising in the hotel's fitness center. - Maxine and Tensy playing a depressing game of Scrabble. - Paige and Maxine arguing about what they are going to wear on Paige's date with Jack.
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Connections

Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby, Now That I've Found You
Written by John MacLeod and Tony Macaulay
Performed by Alison Krauss
Courtesy of Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Screwball comedy; Hackman steals the show
4 November 2001 | by FlickJunkie-2See all my reviews

This screwball comedy brings together some great dramatic actors in unaccustomed comedic roles. The results are mixed (but mostly good), with some terrific slapstick and some pure drivel. Maxine (Sigourney Weaver) and Paige (Jennifer Love Hewitt) are two very slick con artists who find rich patsies and marry them, only to divorce them for big settlements after enticing them into indiscretions. When they get nabbed by the IRS for not paying their taxes, they must score one more time to climb out of their financial mess. The target is chain smoking billionaire William B. Tensy (Gene Hackman) who is dying before our eyes of lung disease. The only question is whether Maxine can get him to propose before he keels over. Meanwhile, Paige is running her own scam on Jack (Jason Lee) who owns a bar resting on prime real estate worth $3 Million.

It is mostly pratfall humor, with lots of sight gags and general nuttiness, which is often uproariously funny. The whole idea that the diminutive Paige could have been spawned from the Amazonian Maxine is implied comedy at its finest, leading us to conclude that Paige's father could only have been a midget.

Gene Hackman completely steals the show as the wheezy billionaire. Hackman, who is one of our national treasures as a dramatic actor, shows magnificent range, and he turns out to be the best comedian of the bunch. Sigourney Weaver is also in rare form brandishing some bodacious outfits and undergarments. She is especially funny as Olga, trotting out impressive broken English and even doing some vocals accompanied by a Russian balalaika band. Ray Liotta gives a lighthearted and funny performance as a chop shop owner who can't get over his love for Maxine, even though he knows she scammed him. Jason Lee's understated nice guy portrayal serves as the perfect counterpart to Jennifer Love Hewitt's bratty vamp. The perennially cute Hewitt still can't seem to transition into grownup roles. No matter how sexy they make her up (and they do quite a good job with her considerable attributes), her pubescent mannerisms and delivery still make her come off as a teenage harpy. In her defense, this is what the role required, but it doesn't do much to move her out of her character rut.

Overall, there is a lot of good fun here that is often dissipated by puerile absurdity. Still, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, mostly delivered by Weaver and Hackman, that make this a better than average comedy. I rated it 7/10. Fans who like seeing Sigourney and Jennifer in sexy outfits will not be disappointed.


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