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L'arnacoeur (2010)

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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.

Director:

Pascal Chaumeil

Writers:

Laurent Zeitoun (scenario), Jeremy Doner (scenario) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Alex
Vanessa Paradis ... Juliette
Julie Ferrier ... Mélanie
François Damiens ... Marc
Héléna Noguerra ... Sophie (as Helena Noguerra)
Andrew Lincoln ... Jonathan
Jacques Frantz ... Van der Beck
Amandine Dewasmes Amandine Dewasmes ... Florence
Jean-Yves Lafesse Jean-Yves Lafesse ... Dutour
Jean-Marie Paris Jean-Marie Paris ... Goran
Elodie Frenck ... Karine
Tarek Boudali Tarek Boudali ... Le manager Montecarlo Bay
Philippe Lacheau Philippe Lacheau ... Le compagnon (as Philippe Lacheau dit « Fifi »)
Julien Arruti Julien Arruti ... Frère de Florence
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Le beau-père de Juliette
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Lucky Red [Italy] | Official Facebook | See more »

Country:

France | Monaco

Release Date:

17 March 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Heartbreaker See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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French visa # 123625. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Alex: In a couple there are three categories of women. The happy ones, the unhappy ones who cope... and the unhappy ones who do not admit it... That last category is my stock in trade... We exist to help them... Our job: Breaking up their couples... Our goal: to open their eyes... Our method: seduction... We break their couples, never their hearts... My name is Alex Lippi and today, I broke my own heart.
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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 »

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Referenced in Maltin on Movies: The Best Films You Missed in 2010 (2010) See more »

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Chupee
Written by Mark Daumail (as Marc Daumail) and Morgane Imbeaud
Performed by Cocoon
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Slick, but human and hilarious and it keeps evolving...
1 March 2011 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Heartbreaker (2010)

The latest Romain Duris romantic comedy, which is a kind of backwards "Hitch" and it's even more fun. It takes a short while to establish the central cast of characters, but the premise is made clear right away. The leading man seduces women who are about to marry the "wrong" guy. He then steps out of the way, leaving the woman high and dry. Both the "wrong" engagement and his own new involvement are on ice.

This is more hilarious than such a formula film should be. It's a kind of escapist comedy, but with such good pedigree and filmmaking chops you really get swept away. Duris can be really a charmer, and his two sidekicks are hilarious as well as heartwarming.

The fact it's mostly set in Monte Carlo gives it a compact, glitzy charm (far more glitzy than Bahrain, for my money, speaking of money). The plot goes as planned at first, of course. But inevitably things go very wrong. After some last minute swerves and laughs, things seem to go right, until the final ending, which I'll leave to you. It really is like "Hitch" or "Failure to Launch," which set up a kind of protocol for how everyone should behave, and within that set of rules people misbehave. It's the latest kind of screwball comedy formula, and a dependable one, especially this well made.

Most of it is in French, but a bit is in English, too, for the subtitle averse. And all the music is in English (interestingly, but typically). But never mind too much. You could almost get it all without words. Funny, warm, witty, well made fluff stuff.


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