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The Heartbreak Kid is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name starring Ben Stiller. The film was directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly and also stars Malin Åkerman, Michelle Monaghan, Jerry Stiller, and Carlos Mencia. The screenplay was written by Leslie Dixon, Scot Armstrong, the Farrelly brothers and Kevin Barnett, and is based on the 1972 screenplay by Neil Simon.

Plot

Eddie (Ben Stiller), the owner of a sports shop, is single and indecisive about starting a relationship. While walking down the street he witnesses a purse snatcher victimizing Lila (Malin Åkerman). After failing to retrieve the purse, they exchange pleasantries and eventually date. They quickly become serious, as they seem perfect for each other. Their relationship becomes threatened however, when Lila is offered a job in Holland. When Eddie probes further, it is revealed that it is company policy not to relocate married employees. Pushed by the urging of his father (Jerry Stiller) and best friend (Rob Corddry), Eddie proposes to Lila and they are married.

However, during their honeymoon, it becomes increasingly apparent to Eddie how mismatched the couple is. While driving down to Mexico, Lila continuously sings songs while listening to a blasting radio, much to the irritation of Eddie. In the scene that follows, Lila and Eddie have sex so violently it actually causes Eddie physical pain. Then the following morning she insists they hold hands during breakfast, by the end of which she spits the drinks through her nose and reveals she suffers from deviated septum (which, as she casually mentions later, is the result of her past cocaine usage).

Upon their arrival at the resort, it comes to light that Lila's job is actually a volunteer position and that the purse snatcher was actually her ex-boyfriend. As Eddie realizes the mistake he has made, he meets Miranda (Michelle Monaghan), a vacationer from Mississippi there with her family. It's immediately obvious that Eddie and Miranda are a perfect match. With Lila stuck in their hotel room due to severe sunburn, Eddie devotes large amounts of his honeymoon time to Miranda. Eddie also connects with her family, except for her cousin (Danny R. McBride), who suspects Eddie of hiding something. To cover his long absences from his bride, Eddie makes up a story about a business with a major supplier to his store, who he is trying to butter up for 'better credit terms'.

Eddie decides to break up with Lila. In the chaos that ensues, she and Miranda both abandon him. Eddie's passport is destroyed by Lila in the mayhem. He is forced to cross the U.S. border illegally with help provided from his friend Uncle Tito (Carlos Mencia), but is repeatedly caught by border patrols while others escape by the hundreds. After an extensive effort to get into the country, he goes to Oxford, Mississippimarker only to find out that Miranda already married her previous boyfriend. He promises her aunt to leave Miranda alone, only to sneak into Miranda's house late at night. He wakes her up and talks to her without waking up her husband. Alas, her cousin breaks into the house with a baseball bat and beats Eddie up until Eddie's father makes his presence known too. Eddie agrees to leave if Miranda just says if she really loves her new husband. Miranda says yes. Eddie gives up on her although he doesn't know she looks at him from her balcony when he walks away.

Two years later (known because in a small scene where Eddie is packing to move to Mexico he mentions it has been six months followed by an eighteen months later scene), Eddie has moved to Mexico. Miranda comes there on vacation, informing him that she made a mistake, has split with her husband and wants to be with him. Eddie is very pleased, except he once again hides the fact that he has a new wife, Consuela (Eva Longoria Parker), and he is thrust right back into the same situation.

Promotion

During the film's preview at the 2007 Comic Con Convention in San Diego, Californiamarker, a sex scene from the film was cut due to backlash for the nudity in prior films at the convention such as 300 and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

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Reception

The Heartbreak Kid has received mostly negative to mixed reviews from film critics. As of November 27, 2007, on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a "Rotten" rating of 29%. On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 46 out of 100, based on 30 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews". Peter Travers (of Rolling Stone) declared the film the year's Worst Remake on his list of the Worst Movies of 2007.

Box office performance

The film grossed an estimated $14 million in 3,219 theaters in its opening weekend, placing it a second place at the box office in the United States and Canada. As of November 27, 2007, the film has grossed a total of $36,715,679 in Canada and the US.

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