Movie Stats & Links
||Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love
Hewitt, Gene Hackman, Ray Liotta
||Mostly adult fare
even though PG-13.
||It might be cute
for the both of you.
outfits and talk.
||Mostly when Ray
Liotta is on the screen.
shooting the fish.
||John Davis, Irving
"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
A Movie Review
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!!!