‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Blu-ray Review
Ben Stiller has lit the comedy world on fire over the last 10 years. He has had some good and bad films over the years. ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ happens to fall in-between the spectrum of good and bad. This isn’t one of Stiller’s best, but there are enjoyable aspects that will keep you entertained throughout. I think the thing is that Ben Stiller is a safe bet for producers at the box office. ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ would make a total worldwide gross of $127 million dollars at the box office.
In ‘The Heartbreak Kid’, Eddie Cantrow (Ben Stiller) owns a sporting goods store and hasn’t had much luck with relationships. One day he happens to bump into a researcher by the name of Lila (Malin Akermna) when her purse is stolen. Eddie really begins to like Lila very much that he thinks that this might be the girl. Lila throws him for a loop when she tells him that her job is moving to Holland. This leaves her no choice but to move there as it is a great opportunity.
Eddie panics once he hears that she is going to move to Holland. He instantly proposes to her so that he doesn’t lose the love of his life. They get married and have their honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas. This is where we learn that there is something up with Lila. Lila is not the girl that Eddie fell in love with as there is another side to her. This starts to make Eddie feel uncomfortable around her so he really becomes stand offish to her.
Eddie meets Miranda (Michelle Monaghan), and she is the complete opposite of Lila. Miranda actually has a lot more in common with him that makes her an instant attraction. Then add to how horrible Lila treats him and this makes her even less desirable.
To some the Farrelly Brothers have been in a decline since ‘Me, Myself, & Irene’. I feel that ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ is actually one of their better releases in years. Ben Stiller actually does a good job in this role keeping the film from being a total failure. The story is passable and there are a few comedic moments that will keep you laughing.
Movie Content: 3/5
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. This is the same exact print as found on the HD DVD release nearly a year ago. Colors are stunning with this transfer, carrying a very bold and vibrant color palette throughout. Blacks are deep helping provide a very detailed image. Fleshtones suffer a tad bit as they carry a pink tone to them. I dislike when that happens with certain prints, since this gives the image a very unnatural look.
Video Quality: 4/5
The audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. Again, this is the same mix carried over from the HD DVD release. With many comedies, they never truly take advantage of the soundfield. The case is the same here with ‘The Heartbreak Kid’. The only time when the surrounds are in use is during the honeymoon trip in Cabo San Lucas and special effects. Dialogue is clear and crisp through the center channel.
Audio Quality: 4/5
- Commentary by the Farrelly Brothers
- Deleted Scenes – 6 Scenes Total (7:27)
- Gag Reel (4:00)
- The Farrelly Brothers in the French Tradition (16:34)
- Ben and Jerry (4:59)
- Heartbreak Halloween (3:24)
- The Egg Toss (7:59)
- Theatrical Trailer [HD]
All of the special features are presented in standard definition, except for the theatrical trailer which is in high definition.
Special Features: 2.5/5
‘The Heartbreak Kid’ does not offer anything new in the story department. Ben Stiller does a good job holding the film together providing enough comedic moments. The print and audio in this Blu-ray version is the same as the HD DVD which released 12 months prior. I recommend this film as more of a rental, unless you are a huge fan of Ben Stiller which than warrants a purchase.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 (Rental)