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3.9
349 Ratings

The Heartbreak Kid

Directed by Elaine May
United States, 1972
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Three days into his Miami honeymoon, New York Jewish Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms him in his opinion that he has made a serious mistake and he decides he wants Kelly instead.

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The Heartbreak Kid Directed by Elaine May

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1973 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Writers Guild of America

1973 | Nominee: Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1973 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1973 | Winner: Best Supporting Actress

1973 | 2nd place: Best Supporting Actor

Grodin is a magnificent worm in the movie, filled with the kind of tightly restrained physicality and choked, nervous laughter that (like his posing with a pipe) suggests his character is caught up in how others view him, an anxiety over identity that sends him from Lila into the arms of a shiksa cliché.
January 21, 2019
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If I had to apply, or in this case, make up, a narrative genre to the film, I’d label it a comedy of proportion. Each element, be it a character or a scene, fits perfectly—but not equally—within the whole. Such a sensibility is part of what accounts for May’s distinct brand of New York Jewish humor, a temperament that balances equitably divided self-loathing with genuine affection for all its targets.
January 05, 2018
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A near-peerless comedy of humiliation and dissimulation, The Heartbreak Kid finds Charles Grodin’s craven Lenny Cantrow ditching his bride of less than a week, Lila (Jeannie Berlin), for shiksa coed Kelly (Cybill Shepherd) while the new spouses are honeymooning in Miami Beach. Berlin gives a flawless performance: Lila is vulgar, childish, and maddening, but never pathetic; she’s always in possession of some small kernel of self-respect, no matter how mortifying her situation may be.
February 07, 2017
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