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Movie Review: The Heartbreak Kid

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Though it's opening weekend box office total was surprisingly low, it was no surprise that critics savaged The Heartbreak Kid. Of all the Farrelly Brothers movies, only There's Something About Mary received good notices (the very funny and underrated Stuck on You and the weak Fever Pitch did okay). Comedies, of course, never get the critical respect that dramas do and vulgar comedies typically fare worst of all (with the notable exception of Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen's recent work. Then again, who cares about reviews if a movie is funny, right?

And The Heartbreak Kid is funny...sometimes. Other times, you find yourself longing for the glory days of Ben Stiller and the Farrelly Brothers. Sure, they were as crude then as they are now, but gone (mostly) is the comic nimbleness and invention that leavened their early material. Also missing are the scene-stealing supporting actors that used to populate their movies. Stuck on You had Cher, Mary had Warren, Irene had Jim Carrey's sons. The Heartbreak Kid has Ned Holnes--not funny. In anything. To date. Say it with me.