Release: 2001, MGM Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta, Gene Hackman, Jason Lee, Nora Dunn, Jeffrey Jones, Anne Bancroft Director: David Mirkin MPAA Rating: [PG-13] sexuality, language, violence Genre: Comedy
A mother and daughter duo (Weaver, Hewitt) make a living by conning men who can't resist their feminine charms. But their skills are put to the test when they try to swindle a wealthy businessman (Hackman) while being trailed by a past victim (Liotta) who is wise to their plan.
sexy performances from Hewitt and Weaver
good mother/daughter chemistry
particularly funny supporting characters from Liotta and Hackman
loads of cleavage courtesy of Jennifer Love Hewitt
sappy love story gets in the way of comedy
Jason Lee is wasted in a wholly uninteresting role
virtually zero chemistry between Lee and Hewitt
In Heartbreakers, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sigourney Weaver pair up as the ultimate mother/daughter tag team of golddigging vixens. Their scheme is simple and elegant: Max (Weaver) marries rich marks, Page (Hewitt) seduces them into infidelity, Max catches them in the act, divorce quickly follows, and the victims are taken for half of their estate. Everything is running smoothly until Page wants to go into business for herself, much to mom's disapproval. As a compromise, they agree to pull off one last big job together. Of course, complications arise, and the wackiness ensues.
First and foremost, this movie is all about the sauce. Heartbreakers features a truckload of cleavage from Jennifer Love Hewitt, with a carload of cleavage from Sigourney Weaver to boot. The first half is literally jam packed with Jenny Luv prancing around in an ever-rotating cavalcade of bikinis and low-low-low-cut dresses.
Now, when I see a Jennifer Love Hewitt movie--especially one that flaunts her viciously killer body--it is exclusively to see Jennifer Love Hewitt. Story, characters, and plot twists are incidental. I'll go see any Jenny Luv movie with blind abandon no matter how bad it looks. You can tell me that she's a nuclear physicist partnered up with a talking chimp who must save the world from alien invaders, and I'm there. Such low, lovestruck expectations were what I went into Heartbreakers with, so imagine my surprise when I discovered a movie that was actually good. Packed with a sharp chemistry between its stars, funny characters, and tons of Jennifer Loveliness, this is probably Hewitt's most endearing movie to date. Fellow Love-fans, I insist to you that this is one movie not to be missed.
Typically, most movies of this type would end at the eye candy. But Heartbreakers sets itself apart from its peers by actually being amusing. Hackman is funny as a millionaire with the health of a walking corpse, and his status as an executive of big tobacco provides opportunity for a lot of lung, phlegm, and addiction jokes.
Ray Liotta is hilarious as a victim of the Hewitt/Weaver combo. Running a chopshop in New Jersey, he brings a buttload of charm, tact, and grace to the movie. From shooting fish with a handgun to telling Hewitt and Weaver that they're going to be put away "in a filthy lesbo lockdown," his character brings a lot of laughable rage to the story. And thanks to his anger and attitude, dialogue that would normally be sickeningly sappy comes across as tolerable--and that's a blessing, considering that he's the one delivering the heartfelt sentiment at the film's end.
The weakest link in the movie is Jason Lee's character. Most of his film personas have been either comically irreverent (such as neurotic Gen-X slacker Brodie in Kevin Smith's Mallrats) or unbearably cheesy (such as romantic chump Jay in Kissing a Fool). Unfortunately, Heartbreakers gets an example of the latter. As the nondescript nice guy who Jenny Luv falls for, he starts off with promising sarcasm. But he's quickly decimated into a creampuff, and the scenes about "finding true love" are among the most boring and corny moments in the whole story. Also wasted is Sarah Silverman's character, who makes a brief woman-on-woman-sounding comment about Jenny Luv that is never explored. (Incidentally, the humorous Silverman is also under-used in another movie that opens this month: Say It Isn't So.)
While the more serious, sentimental moments of the film are questionable, Heartbreakers remains a fun, charming movie overall. With its blend of comedy and sex appeal, it invariably has something for everyone. So for all you guys out there who hate romantic comedies: fear not! You can just sit there and gawk...Hallelujah!
Rating: 7 out of 10 (0=Abysmal, 5=Average, 10=Excellent)