The Heartbreak Kid
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In Elaine May's second directorial outing, Charles Grodin stars as Lenny, a slick salesman who, while honeymooning with his new bride, Lila (Jeannie Berlin, May's daughter), begins to have second thoughts about his marriage. Once Lenny spots the gorgeous Kelly (Cybill Shepherd), he is lost forever. Legally divesting himself of poor Lila, he follows Kelly to her upper-middle-class home, where he runs into the formidable opposition of her father (Eddie Albert), who states bluntly that he'd rather be dragged from a horse by his tongue than allow Lenny to become his son-in-law. The… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Elaine May's deft direction catches all the possibilities of young romance and its tribulations in light strokes and cleverly accents characterization of the various principals."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A first-class American comedy, as startling in its way as was The Graduate."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A meticulous winnowing of the male ego for the clueless schmuck in it"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Bitter about marriage yet optimistic about infatuation..."
‑ Josh Larsen, Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
"A poignant and witty marital comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Wittily directed by May, and neatly scripted by Neil Simon."
‑ , Time Out
"Grodin cria um personagem extremamente egoísta que, ainda assim, consegue despertar nossa pena, ao passo que Shepherd, lindíssima, surge mais complexa do que poderíamos imaginar. Mas é Berlin quem rouba o filme com sua Lila irritante e comovente."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Forget Fargo and A Simple Plan: In 1972, The Heartbreak Kid had Minnesota down cold."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"May's sardonic, poignant look at a romantic triangle of nice Jewish boy, nice Jewish wife, and the gorgeous shiksa who upsets their honeymoon was labeled by some as an exercise in self-loathing, and critics asking if all Jewish women are so irritating?"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Genuinely funny thanks to Grodin's prodigious comic talents, though Eddie Albert nearly steals the show."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Elaine May's The Heartbreak Kid was directed with a sure feeling for how comedy can edge over into satire and then tragedy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Discussion-worthy '70s anti-romantic comedy."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Heartbreak doesn't end; it just runs out of steam."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Sometimes it seems that nobody ever has any idea what it is he's chasing after, and so the chase never ends.... It's a good day when you can laugh about it, which is what The Heartbreak Kid lets you do."
‑ Alan Dale,
"Lots of fun, with a slightly bitter aftertaste"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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