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With: Charles Grodin, Cybill Shepherd, Jeannie Berlin, Eddie Albert, Doris Roberts
Written by: Neil Simon, based on a story by Bruce Jay Friedman
Directed by: Elaine May
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 106
Date: 12/17/1972

The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

4 Stars (out of 4)

May It to the Bone

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Elaine May directs this uncomfortable comedy with uncanny skill and intelligence, somehow magically balancing the story of a poor schmuck (Charles Grodin) who suddenly realizes he's married the wrong girl (Jeannie Berlin) when he falls madly for a blonde, man-eating goddess (Cybill Shepherd) -- during his honeymoon. (Like May's other films, it tells the story of a betrayal between a couple.) Using comedy, pathos and a hint of tragedy, May somehow coaxes us along with a sense of truth, and though the result may not exactly be a classic romantic comedy, it's certainly an outstanding movie.

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