The Heartbreak Kid
Not to be confused with the Australian movie from 1993 of the same name starring Claudia Karvan…
Eddie (Ben Stiller) is 40 and still a bachelor. He watches his ex-girlfirend get married and starts to think he should be doing the same. So he impetuously marries Lila (Akerman) after only six weeks of dating. When they go away on their honeymoon to Cabo, Eddie discovers all the things he never knew about Lila, all the things that he doesn’t like. Maybe he made a big mistake marrying so quickly.
When Lila gets laid up with very bad sunburn, Eddie carries on with his holiday and meets Miranda. He believes her to be a better match for him, but he blows it when Miranda finds out about his new bride.
Eddie is supposed to be the good guy – let’s face it, Ben Stiller’s characters always are. But what kind of person starts a romance with some-one else while they’re on their honeymoon?! Well, of course, if he didn’t, there wouldn’t be much of a movie would there? Nevertheless, it’s hard to sympathise with Eddie when he’s a lying cheat. Apart from that issue, there is a bank of comedy, and Eddie’s Dad (Jerry Stiller) is terrific, and Michelle Monaghan is lovely.
This was an okay rom com, but it didn’t win me over, possibly because of the poor portrayal of women.