The Heartbreak Kid

Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
Standard cover, that romantic comedy box art thing. Fine. The menu is a big heart with video clips of the movie playing in the middle. Cute but not exciting.

Features: 7/10

  • Commentary By The Farrelly Brothers – These guys love making movies and it’s pretty obvious they have a good time doing it. It’s a fun movie, so watching it again with the creators chatting over the top is not a bad deal. There are no HD commentary features like picture in picture or anything cool like that, so don’t expect any bells and whistles.
  • Deleted Scenes – Every comedy film has to have some bits cut out that are either not funny enough, or they go waaaay to far with their ‘off beat’ humor in such a way that it wouldn’t quite fit the movie. You get a little bit of both here. There aren’t very many, but there is one back story that never got as fully developed in the final cut.
  • Gag Reel – Stiller, Farrelly brothers….what could possibly go wrong on the set? Giggles, props, falling, you know the drill.
  • The Farrelly Brothers In The French Tradition – This is a great extra with a good chunk of interviews and behind the scenes footage. It’s a great look the brothers and why they make movies.
  • Ben & Jerry – Father and son in a movie together is pretty cool. This is a brief look at the Stiller duo and what it’s like to work with your father/son.
  • Heartbreak Halloween – Making a movie through the Halloween holiday calls for some crazy costumes and antics. The winner, a DP of male persuasion in a woman’s dress…of course.
  • The Egg Toss – To relieve the stress of all that Hollywood movie making this crew goes to a clearing and has an egg toss competition. Last one without egg yolk on their face wins the pot of cash.
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD) – It is what it is. A Trailer In HD.

Movie: 7/10
A romantic comedy about marriage, or about couples, or finding out who you are, or something like that. It’s not an original concept. of course. It does have enough of that Farrelly/Stiller craziness to make it all come together in THAT way. You know what I mean. It’s sweet and with awkwardness, funny with some heart break, but not too clever.

That’s not to say it’s not good. I’ll say it’s not a great film or anything like that, for sure. However, it’s got that loveable personality that these modern love stories have. A 30 something looking for love, looking for that person to be happy with, but not ready to settle down or settle for someone other than Miss perfect. Well, in this case Stiller meets and falls for a beautiful young woman, marries her and on their honeymoon discovers that she’s not quite the packaged deal he was hoping for.

Even a gorgeous blond has some cracks in the pot. She’s a bit crazy, wild in bed, a past that would scare any potential spouse, and she’s just not the one that will make him happy, or is she. In the meantime he meets another chick. She’s brunette, sexy, funny, her family is pretty fun and our hero finds himself doubting his decision to marry hot chick #1.

The comedy comes in various forms, a severe sunburn, a deviated septum, hilarious stuff. It has a bit of Three’s Company vibe, as these movie often do. With a few mishaps and misunderstandings here and there to keep the ball rolling.

The heart of the story is pretty simple to find, the message is clear, kind of. I’m not sure if it’s that we all have someone out in the world that is our perfect match, or that we should be happy with what we have, or that it’s hopeless and we are all destined to have drama in the love department. That’s a lot to cram into a little funny flick, but it’s all there.

I say it’s a good one to sit back and relax and just have a good laugh or two. I enjoyed it a lot, for what it is. I’m glad to see the Farrelly brothers back in action and hope they keep moving forward in their own way…life can use as many laughs as possible 🙂

Video & Audio: 8/10
This isn’t exactly the kind of movie that needs to be seen in HD, but if you’ve got the player you will enjoy a crispy clear picture and a smooth soundtrack experience, by all means, do the high def thing.

Value: 5/10
I’m not fond of the inflated prices of Blu-Ray Discs. So, if you can find this in the standard DVD version for about $12 I say go for it. If not, rent it in any form you love the most and enjoy a good laugh.

Overall Score 7/10