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Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gene Hackman, Ray Liotta
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: MGM
Kiddie Movie: Mostly adult fare even though PG-13.
Date Movie: It might be cute for the both of you.
Gratuitous Sex: Just skimpy outfits and talk.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Mostly when Ray Liotta is on the screen.
Memorable Scene: Dean (Liotta) shooting the fish.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: David Mirkin
Produced By: John Davis, Irving Ong

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:03 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
"Thank God for Ray Liotta." Let me say it again – "Thank God for Ray Liotta!" Why? Because if it wasn’t for him then "Heartbreakers" would have been one sucky film.

As the story goes you’ve got Max and Page Conners, Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt respectively. They’re a mother-daughter con team where mom seduces a man to marry her, daughter gets the new husband in a compromising position just as mom walks in, mom settles for a quick divorce from husband and mother and daughter get away. This time the story starts with Max and Page setting up Dean Cumanno (Ray Liotta). They get away with his cash, but this chop-shop owner is still in love. Meanwhile, finding their way to Florida, Max and Page work up one last con, the big con to set them on the road to easy street, or at least so Page can go out on her own. Their latest planned conquest is the likes of William Tensy (Gene Hackman), a disgusting tobacco magnate who is one coughing spell from dying. Max is working her magic on William while Page finds her own challenge trying not to fall in love with Jack (Jason Lee), a con she is trying to work on her own.

As good plans go wrong, namely William dying before Max wants him to, well, Dean finds Max in Florida. Finally we get some laughs as Dean teams with Max and Page to con Jack so that Dean can get his money back. The only problem is that Page falls in love with Jack, Jack isn’t like most men they con, and all of a sudden these cold-hearted people get a conscience.

And so the story went, and for most of the story the laughs were few and far between. Sure Hewitt looked hot in those skimpy little outfits, Hackman played the dirty, old, been smoking so long his teeth are past being yellow and about to die rich man well, and Sigourney Weaver is still one sexy babe, but good (and nasty) looking characters don’t make a good comedy. The lucky thing for "Heartbreakers" was that Ray Liotta was on fire as the witty, still in love even though he got his heart trampled, wants to make his money back tough guy. His inclusion was the thing that saved this movie for me.

"Heartbreakers" had so many chances to be a great comedy but really was a total bore for me until Liotta’s character showed up in Florida and finds Max and Page. Then the laughs came fast and furious, the trio sparkled, and "Heartbreakers" went from a potential one starrer to 2 ½ stars (and that's probably a little generous) out of 5.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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