If You Like _______, Then You Should Watch _____ is a new column that will be appearing here on CCD.NYC weekly. Whenever people try recommending a movie to someone they instantly go with the line: "It's like ____ meets ____". It is the easiest way to convince someone to watch a new film... appeal to their basic sense of past movies they have seen and might have liked. It usually works too, since people like to compare & contrast things they are going to do with things they have already done. So in order to broaden your horizons and open you to some new films, we will use that model to help you discover some celluloid gold.
Today's Pick: If You Like Meet The Parents, Then You Should Watch The Heartbreak Kid!
|Hook. Line. Sinker|
|Jinxy Cat is in the circle of trust...|
|Greg telling his cat milking story from his days in Motown...|
Which brings me to our choice for the column this week, The Heartbreak Kid from 2007. The Heartbreak Kid has a lot in common with Meet The Parents, much more than just Ben Stiller. First of all, it is also a REMAKE of a previous film. The original Heartbreak Kid starred Charles Grodin (in the same role that Stiller portrays) and a hopelessly young & beautiful Cybill Sheppard (the role played by Michelle Monaghan). It was a very funny movie, and holds up in its own right (the first Meet The Parents does not in my humble opinion). The directors of the 2007 movie are the Farrelly Brothers, who like Jay Roach were famous for comedic gems like Dumb and Dumber and There's Something About Mary. And in this film we get to see Stiller both in search of true love and having wild interactions with all the side characters in pursuit of it.
Immediately things take a turn for the worse. Lila is not the innocent girl that Eddie thinks he married. In fact, she is quite the opposite. She is obnoxious on the ride down, singing loudly and bothering the mild mannered Eddie every chance she gets. When they get there she makes Eddie participate in some intense sexual activities and shows off a wild side that Eddie was unaware of. She also is extremely stubborn, and refuses to wear sunblock even though Eddie recommends it. After receiving a 1st degree sunburn, Lila has a huge fight with Eddie where she reveals lots of details about the real her including past drug usage and the truth about her job. Eddie is pissed, and storms off while Lila is confined to the room with her sunburn. While out at a bar, Eddie meets Miranda who is on vacation with her family from Mississippi.
|You said you wanted to get SAVAGE...|
|Why don't the just call you BEAU????|