The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
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( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Paramount - 2007
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 115 Minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Starring: Benn Stiller, Michelle Monighan, Malin Ackerman, Jerry Stiller, Rob Corddry, Carlos Mencia, Scott Wilson
Directed by: Peter and Bobby Farrelly
Music by: N/A
Written by: Peter and Bobby Farrelly, Scot Armstrong, Leslie Dixon, Kevin Barnett
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: December 16, 2008
"It seemed like a good ideaat the time"
Big laughs head south of the border in the Farrelly Brothers' newest twist on boy-meets-girl. When the single and indecisive Eddie (Ben Stiller) meets the sexy and beautiful Lila (Malin Akerman), the guy who could never pull the trigger jumps the gun. While honeymooning in Mexico, Eddie discovers he's made a really big mistake. He soon meets Miranda (Michelle Monaghan), his real soul mate. But when the love of your life isn't your wife, things can get quickly out of control. Now it will take some desperate measures to turn his honeymoon from hell into the perfect romantic getaway.
Here we have another film by the Farrelly Brothers. They have had little success since There's something about Mary and unfortunately The heartbreak kid doesn't shine either. This is a remake of the original 1972 film of the same name which starred Charles Grodin and Cybil Shepherd. I have not seen the original film so I have no reference point for comparison. Ben Stiller has sort of pigeon holed himself and seems to play the same character quite often. I do think that there are times when it has worked well (Meet the parents is an example) but it rarely feels fresh anymore. This film certainly wasn't terrible and quite honestly there were a few pretty funny moments. I thought that Malin Akerman stole the show and was perfectly cast as Lila. The same goes for supporting funny men Rob Corddry and Danny McBride. I thought that Michelle Monighan's part could have been played by pretty much any actress. That is not to suggest that she can't act however this role just didn't suit her in my opinion. I thought the premise was good but the script tried too hard to be funny by steamrolling the audience with one gag/line after another. One example is the sequence where Eddie is trying to cross the border to get back into the U.S. from Mexico. It was simply too long and comedically overplayed. I did think that Stiller's straight man routine which played well off of Akerman's portrayal of the twitchy, annoying, and aberrant Lila. At 115 minutes it was simply too long and could easily have been cut down by 20 minutes. If it needed to run over an hour and a half there should have been more involvement from Rob Corddry and Lauren Bowles characters as they were great in each of their brief appearances. I found it to be a below average comedy that had potential but in the end felt formulaic and a bit inane.
The rating is for strong sexual content, brief nudity, rude humor and language.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
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The heartbreak kid comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 37 mbps and lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel audio that has an average bitrate of 2.8 mbps.
This is a high bitrate video encoding that generally looks excellent. Images are razor sharp with warm, vivid, deeply saturated colors that really pop off of the screen. Flesh tones are on the pink side but are naturally rendered on a case by case basis. Contrast levels are elevated which washes out some of the bright, sun drenched sequences. I found that this coupled with the sharp nature of the video gave it a dynamically enhanced look that occasionally bordered on distortive. Luckily this was only the case in a few instances. Resolution and detail were definitive and provided superlative image depth and three dimensional quality regardless of the camera's perspective. Blacks were solid and punchy with very good detail in dark backgrounds and shadowy areas. The Dolby TrueHD soundtrack rendered the film's elements with crystal clear intelligence and showed no signs of strident dialogue or anemic dynamics. The surrounds are appropriately engaged to add depth to the front channel presentation and provide a sense of spatial dimension during panning effects. There was little call for deep bass however the music soundtrack did generate low frequency accentuation that was detectable from time to time. It mated perfectly with the source material and sounded just fine.
- Audio commentary by Peter and Bobby Farrelly
- The Farrelly Brothers in the French tradition - Featurette
- Ben & Jerry
- Heartbreak Halloween
- The egg toss
- Gag reel
- 6 Deleted scenes
- (HD) Theatrical trailer
The heartbreak kid is a below average comedy that has some entertaining aspects but when taken as a whole falls short when compared to the better films in the genre. Its release on high definition Blu-ray Disc is technically sound with excellent video and good audio quality. The bonus features don't offer anything of real interest and largely consists of a hodge-podge of material created during the filming. If your in the mood for a comedy and like the Farrelly's style you can give this a rent but I don't recommend a blind buy.
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hi-def itself. The intense contrast was on the dvd, too, but it never bothered me. I'm thinking about buying this on Blu sometime as I really liked this film and that may be because I have never seen the original so I had no expectations.