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      04.08.2012 08:51
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      Good film

      I thought I hadn't heard of this film before but when looking into it in more detail realised it was 11 years old so even if I had heard of it it would be extremely unlikely I would remember. After reading the description I decided to give it a go because it sounded like a fun comedy which I would enjoy. This is a film only review.

      ==Plot==
      The film begins with a woman walking up the aisle. She looks as though she is in her forties and as at the vast majority of most weddings the guests all look happy and proud. The ceremony goes smoothly as does the reception and then the newlyweds, Angela and Dean head up to their hotel room to celebrate their nuptials on their own. However, Angela falls asleep. The following day Dean is just starting to get close to Angela again when she is sick. At this point he's no longer in the mood so heads off to work.

      At work, his receptionist Wendy is wearing a very short dress. Dean doesn't know where to look. When she kisses him he kisses her back but before anything further happens he comes to his senses and tells her that no, this cannot happen. As if on cue, Angela can be heard outside his office door. But Wendy has her hair caught in his zipper...

      There is a massive argument and Angela storms out, telling him she wants a divorce. Later we learn that 'Wendy' is infact Angela's daughter, Paige and the whole thing was a set up between the pair. Will they get away with it?

      ==Opinion==
      I had fairly high expectations of this film, especially when I realised it stars Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt - two very talented actresses. The plot also sounded interesting and fun so I looked forward to uncovering what the pair did.

      Angela and Paige seem to have a fun mother-daughter relationship. Paige is first to tell her mum when she doesn't agree with something and the pairs accomplishments are quite surprising for a mother/daughter relationship.

      The plot is fun and interesting and flows really well. The film is quite fast paced and there is lots going on at all times which helps keen the viewers attention. I think that the amount of detail in the film was just right,, I never found myself willing the plot to move forward or thinking that I didn't know enough to completely understand the situation.

      I had sky high expectations of the acting as two of the worlds most famous star in this. I'm pleased to say I was not disappointed. I thought that Weaver did an excellent job of playing the scheming mum whilst Love-Hewitt was loveable, yet at points unbelievable as her daughter, Paige.

      A lot of the film was set at the beach which gave a nice background. The soundtrack was fun and good to sing along to.

      ==Additional Information==
      The film was released in 2001.
      It stars Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love-Hewitt.
      It runs for 123 minutes and is rated 15.

      ==Summary==
      A good solid chick lit, recommended.

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        08.02.2011 19:22
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        Escapism

        I watched this on TV a few years ago and remember it being distinctively quite funny so decided to get it on DVD given it was only a few pounds.

        ~~~DVD COVER~~~
        The DVD cover is quite tacky even though the film is from 2001. It features Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sigourney Weaver with a broken heart behind which really doesn't do much for the cover. Whilst it does showcase these leading lady's sex appeal, it does little to express the plotlines.

        ~~~THOUGHTS ON PLOT~~~
        Max Conners (Sigourney Weaver) makes a living from conning rich men first by marring them, then sending her beautiful daughter Page (Jennifer Love Hewitt) to seduce them and walking in and catching them on the act, files for divorce and leaves with a big fat settlement.

        After her divorce with Dean (Ray Liotta), Page wants to start up on her own, so to protect her, Max sets up an elaborate scheme to force her to complete one last stunt, in which their target is billionaire William Tensey (Gene Hackman). However, Page meets Jack (Jason Lee) who falls in love with her and finding out he's also a millionaire causes Page to question her desire for love and money.

        The whole plot is rather crazy and some people have taken offence seeing men and women both "degraded" by stupidity and manipulation. However, throwing realism aside and focussing on the fact this is a comedy movie, there is something surprisingly funny to this.

        I found Sigourney Weaver to be superb taking on so many different and diverse characters, whilst Jennifer Love Hewitt falling flat playing just one role- all that is required of her is really to be sexy, whilst Sigourney Weaver brings vulnerability and strength as well.

        There are so many things wrong with this movie that it's right. These exaggerations make this movie funny and the unbelievable quirky things makes it as if we are staring at a make believe world where these things can actually happen.

        Either way, the scene where Sigourney Weaver is made to sing in Russian made me laugh.

        The ending was clichéd but the very end was quite funny- which highlights the quirks and fun of the movie and leaves it on a high note.

        ~~~CAST~~~~
        Sigourney Weaver- Angela Nardino / Max Conners / Ulga Yevanova
        Jennifer Love Hewitt- Wendy / Page Conners / Jane Helstrom

        Also stars Jason Lee, Gene Hackman, Zach Galifianakis and Ray Liotta.

        ~~~EXTRA FEATURES~~~
        Extra features include a UK exclusive interview with Jennifer Love Hewitt, TV spots, radio spots, theatrical trailers, interactive menus and more.

        ~~~PRICE~~~
        The DVD can be purchased for around £3 online.

        ~~~OVERALL~~~
        It is an ok movie- some true escapism for anyone. Some may find it a bit offensive, but it is a comedy movie and I personally found it enjoyable. For some cheesy, cheap laughs, this is the one for you.

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        30.08.2009 20:29
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        Not as bad as I thought it would be

        Heartbreakers is a romantic comedy film released in 2001. The film is rated 15 due to a sex related plot and some minor violence and bad language and is 123 minutes long.

        Plot
        Max and Page are mother and daughter who make a living by conning rich men. Max is normally the one who 'meets' the rich man first and ends up marrying them only for them to nearly (but intentionally) sleep with Page. The marriages always end in divorce and Max walks away with half of everything. It is the perfect scam and so far has never failed Max and Page.

        After Max's most recent divorce, the girls move to Florida and when Page decides she wants to go solo, Max pretends that the tax office has taken all of their money and they must do one last, huge job. What the girls don't bargain for though is one of Max's ex's turning up and being adamant that he still loves her.

        Cast
        Sigourney Weaver - Max Conners
        Jennifer Love Hewitt - Page Conners
        Ray Liotta - Dean Cumanno
        Jason Lee - Jack Withrowe
        Anne Bancroft - Gloria Vogal / Barbara

        My Opinion
        I remember watching this film on TV a few years ago and thinking I would hate it but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it.

        There aren't many films that I like Jennifer Love Hewitt in but I have to admit, she wasn't bad in this one although I think she was mainly cast because of her looks and was sure to draw in the male audience. Most of the way through this film, Page comes across as sweet and quite naive at times but likeable too. JLH has great on screen connection with Sigourney Weaver was fantastic and you could really believe that they were mother and daughter because of all the bickering.

        Sigourney Weaver was utterly amazing as Max and was a very different role for her to play, compared to Ripley in Alien. I don't think she was necessarily the right choice for the role because I don't think she looks stunning enough to get so many rich men but her costumes helped in that department. Max has some really funny lines and parts in the film, especially when she pretends to be Russian.

        The one thing that does bug me a little about the plot is the fact that it isn't exactly believable. What kind of amazingly rich man would marry someone without a pre nuptial agreement? Not many I don't think.
        The story moves along and quite a nice pace, mixing the love stories with some action at the right times and I didn't find any major parts of the film boring at any time. The story isn't particularly original but it entertains which is why it was made.

        While I really liked the film, I don't think it gives a good impression towards girls. The whole film is about wearing skimpy outfits and marrying rich men for their money but at least it is rated 15 and most people above this age know that this isn't how life really is.

        Overall, Heartbreakers isn't amazing but it is funny and entertaining throughout.

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          26.03.2009 16:51
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          A funny, witty, well thought out film, definitely worth a watch!

          This film follows the lifes of Max (Sigourney Weaver) and Page (Jennifer Love Hewitt) who are mother and daughter (Max is the mother, Page is the daughter). They go around conning people, Max normally meets the rich men, gets them to marry her and then Page will sleep with them or get caught in a situation which makes them look like they've slept together only for Max to interrupt them or catch them at it and then divorce her new rich husband and take him for half of everything.

          Max's latest husband is a car dealer called Dean, who runs a car ringing scam, Page then does her usual thing and gets down with Dean only for Max to catch them in the act. She then divorces him and her and Page head off for Palm Beach, Florida after Max convinces a friend of hers (who she learnt all her tricks from) to pretend to Page that the tax office has taken all of their savings. Max and Page want to pull off one more big scam so that they can get together some money and both go their seperate ways in life.

          Once they arrive in Florida they set about scamming themselves a hotel and then proceed to try and find their next victim both aware that they need to step up their game for Palm Beach.

          Meanwhile, Dean is furious and still feels that he's in love with Max and is setting about finding her to win her back again.

          Max & Page agree on billionaire William B. Tensy who owns Tensy Tobacco and sounds like he is on his way out from the constant hacking cough that he has. They set the plan in to motion for Max to meet him at an auction when she accidentally outbids him for a statue, this is a very funny few minutes as she tries to desperately think of a way to get out of paying for the statue.

          Max then proceeds to try to get William to marry her and lots of funny moments ensue with her & Page's constant scamming.

          The film is a fantastically funny film with lots of great moments where they are pulling off their scams and things don't always work to plan.

          There is also a storyline running from about halfway through where Page meets someone her age (well, pretty much) and actually falls in love with him, but will her Mum let her do what she wants to do with her own life?

          I won't go in to too much more detail as I might ruin the film for anyone who hasn't seen it.

          It's definitely a must-see film, I brought mine last year in Tesco for £3.00 and it is available on Amazon now for £2.98 (new) or new & used for £0.01.

          The film is rated 15 and I think this is justified because of the strong language at points and the sex scenes.

          Just incase you were wondering, the title for my review is pinched from the film!

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            15.02.2009 23:19
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            A film that never gets old for me

            This is one of my all time favourite films, I saw it for the first time at the cinema over seven years ago and I still enjoy it as much now as I did on the first viewing.

            My synopsis will be very brief as I cannot say much without giving away too much of the story and unravelling the narrative is certainly a large part of this films enjoyment. Mother (Sigourney Weaver) and Daughter (Jennifer Love-Hewitt) are two con artists who persuade men to marry them in a short space of time. After an uneventful wedding night the man is presented with the potential for an extra-marital affair that is discovered by the wife. She then divorces him taking half his assets. Quite unfair to the man you may be thinking, but then again... he shouldn't be cheating on his wife!

            I won't reveal anymore of the narrative but this is a thoroughly entertaining story that will keep you entertained for a long time. So aside from narrative; what else is good about this film? Well to start with a fantastic star-studded cast, with excellent performances from all, in particular Sigourney Weaver!!!!

            Sigourney Weaver is wonderful in this film, she is the perfect lady. She demonstrates grace, poise, intelligence and she is very attractive. There is a wonderful contrast created between the mother and daughter in both personality and looks. In one particularly notable scene, mother Max lectures Paige on the dangers of smoking and red meat. Paige is eating a bloody meal while Max dines on a healthy fruit and veg dish. This contrast is often reflected in food such as their later ice cream dishes. This small touches work so well to convey their different personalities and to also highlight the strong maternal bond between them.

            Costume is such a huge part of this film. Sigourney Weaver's outfits are designed by Ann Roth, who the actress personally chose for this film. Not only are they very flattering, but they reflect so much of her charm and personality. The costumes make it easy to understand why the men who fall for Max find her so irresistible. The change is costume is also important to distinguish between Max and Paiges' different identities as wigs and outfits are clear determiners of the new 'characters'. I wish i could find wigs like this because they look very great!

            Sigourney Weaver is amazing, but the rest of the cast also adds a lot to this film. Ray Liotta is terrific as Dean Cumano as is Gene Hackman as William B. Tenzies. The film takes these two well-known actors out of their standard genres and places them in unknown territory. This creates a whole new level of comedy in the film as you're seeing these actors in unexpected situations. This makes what happens to them even funnier as it is such a difference to what you are used to. I think one of the reasons this film works so well is that it feels as though the actors had a good time making it which makes it more fun for the audience. Anne Bancroft is also a welcome sight in this film and her character is particularly interesting... although I can't reveal too much!

            Jennifer Love-Hewitt is very sweet as Paige and there is a lovely connection between her and Sigourney Weaver, there is a really believable mother/daughter relationship between them. All of the relationships in the film work very well which is so important because it makes the film a lot more interesting for the audience. A lot of chick flicks I have seen suffer heavily through a severe lack of chemistry between characters but that is certainly not an issue here. The relationships are believable and the dialogue is easily exchanged between them.

            Speaking of dialogue, this film is very well-written with some lovely one liners coming at very unexpected moments. While the film does set up plot points within the narrative, a lot of what happens comes as a complete surprise. I think you can predict some things, but I don't think the story is at all dull or tiresome.

            The majority of the film is set in Palm beach, Florida. Location is an important aspect of this film and creates some lovely narrative moments. Some of the locations are absolutely gorgeous. Particularly the hotel they stay in!

            I've said a lot about why I enjoyed this film, and I definitely would recommend this to watch! But of course, no film is perfect. This is a chick flick. I think because it is very funny it can be enjoyed by male audiences too but it is largely aimed at women. There were a few characters I found semi-annoying but they do work within the film, I think the housekeeper, in particular was a bit of a pain.

            Also, this probably isn't the most politically correct film. I wasn't sure if it was celebrating female independence or just showing women as taking advantage of overly trusting men. There is an interesting debate here as the film leaves you thinking about whether or not the women are justified in their actions. Taking advantage of men is definitely wrong, they are con artists and they go into these relationships with the full intention of using and abusing them. At the same time, the men don't have to cheat, that is their choice so they are also in the wrong.

            I really enjoy this film every time I watch it. I think it has a gorgeous aesthetic, particularly in its locations and costumes. I really enjoy the performances from the cast, especially the wonderful Sigourny Weaver. It's far more interesting than the standard chick flick and is also a lot more thought provoking. This is a film that I can watch over and over again and it still has a lot of comedy values. There are a lot of memorable narrative moments and lines of dialogue that makes for a really fun, interesting story.

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              05.08.2008 17:29

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              a really interesting and clever film, with a great twist

              This is a great film, and the acting from jennifer Love Hewitt and Sigourney Weaver is spot on.

              The story is very clever and revolves around the main characters of Hewitt and Weaver, they are con artists and the mother daughter pair, constantly con rich men out of their money. It is a very clever idea, but on there last con, things go horribly wrong, with hiliarious consquences.

              My favourite part of the whole movie, is when Jean Hackman's character who thinks Sigourney Weavers Character is Russian, takes her to a russian restaurant, not only can she not speak the language, but she is then asked to sing the russian anthem. This scene is by far the funniest in the whole movie, and I didnt stop laughing.

              This film, had a twist ending, that was excellent, and this was a joy to watch. If you are thinking about getting this film, my advice would be go for it, this is a classic film, that will not dissappoint

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              13.08.2006 15:20
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              Nice to look at, but poor story and performances let it down

              As I've said before, I often use online reviews to plan what films I watch on TV. This time I didn't see the trailer until quite short notice, and didn't have time. I wish I had, because it might have saved me two not particularly amusing hours of my life…

              It looked so promising. Sigourney Weavers as Max Conners, Jennifer Love Hewitt as her daughter Page, Ray Liotta as Dean Cumanno and Gene Hackman as William B. Tensy. With those big names, it couldn't go far wrong could it? Think again!

              The movie opens with the wedding night of Max (Weaver) and Dean (Liotta), but when Dean goes into work the next morning, he ends up cheating on his new wife straight away with seductive secretary Wendy. Cue instant $300,000 divorce. We soon find, however, the whole thing was a set up. Wendy was in fact Max's daughter Page, and the two women seem to have made a career seducing men in this way. Max is able to lure wealthy businessmen into marriage within three months, then Page sets it up to look like they're cheating, and the two of them split the settlement.

              In fact, we find the two women don't even seem to have much need of the money anyway - they have other cons to get free food, petrol, hotel rooms… These two are devious. And the name 'Conners', surely a joke! (They in fact use a variety of names and identities throughout the film)

              It's a fairly interesting premise, but I did find it a bit implausible. How many really wealthy businessmen would marry someone they've only known three months without even a pre-nuptial contract?

              The whole thing seems to rely on a few too many coincidences. I'm amazed no one gets suspicious. Hotels believe they've mysteriously 'lost reservations'. Right at the start, Dean believes Max is a virgin on their wedding night - but doesn't think it the slightest strange when she promises to do all kinds of kinky things to him, like she knows what she's doing. There were other loose ends - what happened to William? - but I don't want to give away any spoilers should you decide to watch the film (despite my review).

              In a good film, you get carried through all these worries by suspension of disbelief. In this case, it didn't quite happen. Although the film wasn't exactly ruined, I did find these nagging doubts distracting me though.

              The two central characters just didn't seem believable to me. That's not a condemnation of the acting (not that it was that good either), I just couldn't believe some of the things in this film could possibly be real.

              It's interesting to compare the styles of the two lead ladies, however. Jennifer Love Hewitt has a great body, and she makes the most of it with short skirts and push up bras. While she's passable in the average Rom Com or teen slasher movie, she can't *act* sexy though. Her 'seduction' is blatant, and while I can see how she'd inspire lust, there wasn't any chemistry between her and Jack, and I don't see how he fell in love with her (especially given the way she treats him).

              Weaver, on the other hand, is too old for me, but I admit looking good for her age. It's amazing how she doesn't look like Ripley (from the Alien series), and she did the best job of acting seductively. The contest between the two to get a man to buy them a drink shows that her older head knows the tricks. I'd heard Weaver was looking for sexier roles, and didn't like being typecast in butch Ripley-type parts. I don't know whether that was in reference to this film or not, but perhaps the only reason she took this one was desperation for such a role!

              As I said, I came to the movie without any preconceptions about what kind of film it was. I assumed for most of it, it was a rather bad drama/romance. In fact, it seems it was supposed to be a comedy! Well, it was certainly too light-hearted and cheesy to be a serious drama, but there wasn't much evidence of it being funny either. The situations were often a bit funny, as in strange, but rarely as in 'ha ha'. I admit I did laugh at a few of the obviously so-intended moments, but I was always wondering if I was laughing AT the film rather than with it.

              It's not a film without any redeeming qualities by any means. After all, it sufficiently intrigued me to watch until the end - albeit partly out of morbid fascination. Although I thought there were numerous loose ends, and parts that just didn't work right, there were also amusing episodes. Indeed, the last half-hour or so was a marked improvement, and somewhat justified my perseverance. There were a number of quotable one-liners towards the end, and the plot twists (with plenty of double double-crossing) kept me guessing until the end - so I could hardly say this film was predictable.

              I'm not usually that fussy about films, but I wouldn't recommend this one. I didn't feel immensely tortured, but I could've done something a lot better with two hours and three minutes of my life (plus ad breaks on Channel 4)

              It's rated 15 in the UK. It's actually lower rated in most other countries (e.g. PG-13 in USA) but does have some bad language and lots of sexual suggestion. You never see anything happen though.

              http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0125022/

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                15.02.2005 21:21
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                Never in my life have I seen a film that depends so much on the breasts of it's stars. Each scene seems to feature more cleavage than the last, to the point where at the end it's amazing they are still bothering with clothes at all. This is obviously shamelessly done to pull in the male audience to what will be regarded by them as a "chick flick", but it's a shame that it distracts the viewer away from the film itself, which amongst all of it's cliches does actually have some intelligent comments to make.

                Heartbreakers focuses on a mother and daughter con-team. The mother, Max (Sigourney Weaver) spends months in relationships with men until they marry her. Her daughter, Paige (Jennifer Love Hewitt) then enters the picture and seduces the man, and they are convieniantly caught by Max, resulting in a large divorce settlement. As usual in these films, they need "one last big score" after the IRS threatens them, meaning they go after ailing billionaire William Tensy (Gene Hackman), all while being pursued by the previous man they ripped off (Ray Liotta). It's obvious where most of this is leading if you've seen this type of film before, so don't expect any big surprises here.

                What is surprising though, is how well a lot of the elements work. The cast are all appealing enough, including some gloriously over the top performances. Weaver's Russian 'character' Ulga falls easily into this, as is Hackman's Tensy, who is so absurdly ridiculous that it goes past unbelivable, all the while being entertaining. Hewitt is appealing enough for what she has to do, which is pretty much just stand around in the tightest or smallest clothing available. Jason Lee (as the man Paige tries to con) is excellent in a rare mainstream role as well. Another great benefit of the casting is the way in which they all seem to click together so well. Weaver and Hewitt have excellent chemistry with each other, bouncing lines off each other as a real mother and daughter would. It's a credit to the casting that this also extends to most of the other actors in the film. It's only reall Ray Liotta that feels out of place here, and while not directly bad, seems like he is acting in a different film.

                The film moves forward at a reasonable enough pace, although some parts do drag on a bit. This is mostly demonstrated in Hewitt's scenes, which often seem entirely unecessary, but are left in the film for purely visual purposes. You'll find nothing new here story wise either. It's all very much by the numbers filmmaking, the kind of thing where if you've seen one film of this type, you've seen them all. This isn't to say it isn't entertaining, just don't go in expecting a cinematic masterpiece.

                All of this, however, does overwhealm the occasional serious observation that the film has on relationships. Several ruminations on love here show that the writers weren't just basing the entire film on one joke, and there is one excellent scene between Hewitt and Lee where she lambasts him for only offering to buy her a drink because of her looks. As she observes, for all he knows, she "could be the antichrist, or have the intelligence of a thermos, but unfortunately those aren't the matters that the male penis ponders." The punchline in this of course that he is the bartender, but it doesn't make the comment any less apt in a general sense.

                Heartbreakers is far from being a great film, and I very much doubt that it would hold up at all on repeated viewings. However, it is the kind of fun fluff that one can easily watch the once when they just want something simple and not too taxing, and most will probably find something that appeals here. The fact the ending can be seen a mile off is not the point here, it's that the route to get there is actually kind of fun.

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                  Most men will go a bit silly when an attractive woman comes on to them and they haven't made the approach themselves. It's human nature and something that in reality is perhaps a fairytale. Heartbreakers is the story of a mother and daughter team who survive in life purely on this basis. Max (Sigourney Weaver) is a woman schooled in the ways of the con job. She targets guys with a bit of wealth, entices them and eventually gets them to the point of marriage. All the time she makes them sexually deprived and basically gagging for it. It's at that point where her sexy daughter Paige (Jennifer Love Hewitt) comes in and makes the husband be unfaithful, cue Max catching her husband in the act and then taking him to the divorce courts for a decent settlement. This all works well until they try it on Dean Cummano (Ray Liotta), a local 'businessman' with a nice line in 'cut and shut' car jobs. The girls end up with the money and head to Florida where they target a wealthy old guy William B Tensy (Gene Hackman). However they don't count on Dean turning up still with some love for Max and Paige seems to growing tired of her conning ways and falls in love with a local bartender. The mother and daughter bond is tested and Tensy may be their toughest job yet. As a comedy this works pretty well for the most part. I wouldn't say it's gut bustingly funny but it has some very amusing moments throughout and generally gives you a smile at all times. This is thanks in part to some of the characters on show and the actors playing them. Gene Hackman steals the show whenever he's on screen as Tensy. The man's a walking cigarette who's as un-PC as they come and doesn't care who he offends. Max seduces him by playing a russian temptress. There is no apparant reason for this but it causes some amusing moments such as Max framing Tensy's maid for theft. Tensy watches the maid be taken of by the police but only after
                  offering some cash for a little 'roughing up'. Weaver handles the comedy well as does Hewitt who manages to do a little more than look good in some tight dresses. Although I'm sure the male audience won't be minding one bit. Ray Liotta also plays on his mobster persona with some great lines and manic energy. The direction of the film by David Mirkin is pretty sparky throughout. The film looks good and has some good colourful moments, he makes use of some good music although some of the psychical comedy moments could have been a bit more absurd. The main problem with Heartbreakers is that it's two hours long and that's a long time for any comedy film. Naturally it can't be funny all the time and it tries to make the quiter moments more lively with some mother/daughter bonding but perhaps this is something that could have been chopped out purely to concentrate on the pair's conning antics. I don't think it would have been missed. Generally I'd reccomend this for a rental, it passes the time and it makes a change to see a comedy that isn't selling itself on gross out gags and humour. It's also good to see a film that has women as the min characters and getting one over on the men.

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                    Death Becomes Her, which featured Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis, was chiefly remembered for its high tech special effects which had all sorts of weird and wonderful nastiness befall its twin female leads with no apparently lasting damage - but it also featured an exceptionally sharp and dark element of black humour and some genuinely witty ensemble playing. It was a hugely enjoyable piece of entertainment and boasted enough depth to keep you going for a good long time, remaining to this day one of my favourite American comedy movies. Heartbreakers, featuring Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Gene Hackman, owes a substantial debt to Death Becomes Her, with a similar combination of two warring female leads and a flawed and foolish man, sharp vocal sparring and dark revenge. However, it also manages to to make the most of those influences, weaving together an enjoyable romp of knockabout fun, and managing to rise above the cloying sentimentality of 'And they lived happily ever after'. In short, it's a bloody funny film, with great performances coaxed out of the main players and a well conceived and long running series of funny bits. Weaver, looking as hot to trot as she ever has, and Hewitt, even more hotly desirable with legs that seem to go on forever, play a mother and daughter scam team who spend all their days setting up some poor hapless loser male of the species as their mark, part him from his hard earned pot of loot and go riding off blissfully unattached into the sunset when the deal is done. Weaver is the cynical old senior, leading the way and refusing to allow the naive but up and thrusting Hewitt to play more than a supporting part (but what a part and what support!) The time has come though and Hewitt is busting out to go her own way and come into her own (Enough of the nudge nudge wink wink routine, you sad old duffer). Following on from their latest triumph, this gifted d
                    uo are now setting their sights on their latest conquest. Hewitt wants to fleece a young Mummy's Boy but Weaver has set her sights on a wealthy tobacco magnate and will not take no for an answer. Rather than tossing for it (Steady, boy), they decide to settle the argument by competing to see who can get a punter to buy them a drink the quicker, and the wise old head triumphs, so it's full steam ahead for Old Smokey, played sharply and very unpleasantly by Hackman, replete with Sir Alex Ferguson red nose, a nasty dose of liver spots and breath and teeth you could be mistaken for thinking have come from a ship wreck at the bottom of the ocean. Of course, there are complications and the headstrong Hewitt has to try and prove herself but only succeeds in proving you should never get emotionally involved with your prey, but I'm not going to give you any greater insight to the plot, because I wouldn't want to spoil things for you. Suffice to say that Heartbreakers is well written and realised with plenty enough laughs to warm even the hardest of hearts. It doesn't have the sickly and insubstantial faults that run through most American comedy features and instead manages to tread a wry and skillful path through a light and airy plot which makes even a slight love story quite effortlessly enjoyable. It's a breeze, and marvellous stuff, with bags of eye candy in the very attractive forms of Weaver and Hewitt. There's much much more to them than heavy sexuality, however, and they turn in tremendous performances, although the sleazy and abysmal Hackman manages to easily out trump both of them, despite his sub human appearance and unpleasantly brown teeth. The sight of him in suspenders, boxer shorts and electric snot green socks as he prepares to bed Weaver is truly disturbing stuff. Much of the quality of Heartbreakers springs from its similarities, as said, to Death Becomes Her, but they have stepped lightly away f
                    rom plagiarism to create a great comic masterpiece. There's plenty to enjoy, although most of it involves the unpleasant personal habits of Hackman, and I can't see many people having too much to moan about here. Watch out too for a good support contribution by a larger than life Ray Liotta, and a cameo from Anne Bancroft. It's no masterpiece, and certainly isn't exactly challenging, but Heartbreakers is good stuff, and well worth a try.

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                      17.04.2002 00:21
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                      I was wondering how to write this without sounding bitter and twisted. You see I made a mistake at the weekend. I let mrblueeyedboyfriend go to the video shop (By the way, why do we still call them video shops when the mainly rent DVDs?) with his male friends to choose our viewing pleasure. They came back with Heartbreakers. I had never heard of it so I enquired as to the nature of the film. After much umm-ing and ahh-ing it came to light that no-one really knew what the movie was about but that a certain Ms Love Hewitt had been cheekily (or more accurately scantily) adorning the cover and that alone had sold it to them! I should also imagine the film's Tagline 'Caution: Dangerous Curves Ahead' had something to do with it! Now I don't really have anything against Jennifer, in fact I thought she was brilliant as Sarah in Party of Five. I'd even say I admired her ability to turn most of the males I know to jelly at merely the mention of her name, never mind a glimpse of her self! However, I wouldn't have picked an almost unheard of, bad looking comedy from the shelf for the sake of watching her form for the evening. I guess that's just the kind of girl I am! However, the presence of Sigourney Weaver (looking very fetching and most unlike an alien hunter) an Gene Hackman tipped me in the favour of suffering the boys' appreciative moans and trying to watch the film! Now I'll try and explain the plot to you without spoiling things, but what exactly there is to spoil I'm not sure. In case you haven't realised yet, my advice is to avoid this one at all costs! David Mirkin who also directed the appalling Romy and Michele's High School Reunion directed the film. Be warned this is no coincidence! The basic plot goes like this. Weaver and Love Hewitt are a mother and daughter team that live the high life by scamming half of a man's riches in a divorce. Weaver marries them then 'catches
                      ' them in compromising, and wholly set-up, positions with Love Hewitt, divorces them and the girls split the cash! The reason I am using the actresses real name is because they change their names throughout the movie in order to pull of their scams. Weaver is Angela and some fake Russian monstrosity called Ulga whereas Love Hewitt plays Wendy, Paige and Jane. Confused? Oh you haven't heard the half of it! I assume the film would fall under the category of Romantic Comedy and f you place an 'American' in front of that you have just about reached my worst nightmare in film genres! Why ever Sigourney Weaver agreed to this one is beyond me. I have a theory it was because she doesn't often get offered 'sexy' roles and she has to take what she can get! So back to the wafer thin plot, Love Hewitt has decided she is old and wise enough to go it alone whereas mum (Weaver) really isn't so sure so pulls a scam whereby she pretends they owe money to the IRS. They decide on pulling off one last scam together to pay off their debts and then going their separate ways which is where Gene Hackman comes into it. Hackman plays the eccentric chain smoking William B. Tensy who is, you've guessed it, a rich old man and the latest object of Weavers hidden agenda. Hackman does his best to pull this film back as does Ray Liotta but to no avail. It's far to far down the toilet! Now don't get me wrong, there are funny bits to this film. It is peppered with the odd bits of toilet humour and slapstick. Unfortunately the main body of the film is badly acted romantic drivel and predictable story progressions. I can truly say it is the worst film I have seen in years and to add insult to injury, it is so long! It must have been on for nearly two and a half hours, by which point even the boys that chose it in the first place were fed up of it. Whether this says anything about Jennifer Love Hewitt's limite
                      d appeal remains to be seen! The most interesting part of the film for me was when Patricia Belcher appeared as the hotel maid and I spent a good twenty minutes trying to remember where I had seen her before until I recalled that she played Giselle (the psychic) in Jeepers Creepers. The DVD Extras had an interview of Love Hewitt looking bizarrely like Ally McBeal, some stills of the film and some other uninteresting looking items that we didn't even bother with! The boys did manage to pause the film on Jennifer's fall (down the roadside embankment) and then we all argued for several minutes as to whether they were her pants or those of a stunt man or woman! Americans have billed this as 'One of the funniest comedies of the year.' but that's the American sense of humour for you! In all seriousness give this one a VERY wide berth. Even if you are a Love Hewitt fan it's appalling! (2 ops in a day- that hasn't happened for ages!)

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                        14.01.2002 23:15
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                        Are You A Heartbreaker???….. I watched this movie for two reasons. I read a good review about it in a Sunday newspaper and secondly it stars two of my favourite girls, that being Sigourney Weaver who like a red wine gets better with age and also Jennifer Love Hewitt who is just stunning…… The film also stars Gene Hackman but unlike red wine he doesn’t age well.! Anyway back to the movie and it is a nice little comedy with Weaver as Max the mother of Hewitt who plays Page. Unlike most mother and daughter this scheming pair are two crafty con artists who go out to take rich men for every penny they can get……Crafty little tricks like the Max marrying a rich guy and then getting her daughter to set herself up in a compromising position with the victim. She then walks in and catches them on and divorces him with a nice little payout….. Unfortunately the daughter Page gets fed up with the whole thing and Max tells her they will pull just one more job but it will be a big fish, the big fish of course being William B Tensy alias Gene Hackman. So every story needs a twist and this one sees Page the hard bitch of a daughter meeting a guy who just happens to own the local bar whilst she is on this big scam. He’s a real nice guy and it looks like he is falling in love with Page but will she fall in love with him. She’s a tough cookie and has never fallen in love and knows her Mum needs her full attention for the scam….. Meanwhile Max meets Tensy and passes herself off as a Russian business woman, and does Tensy fall for her charm and good looks. Will his housekeeper get the boot when Max takes a dislike to her….. The film just goes very fast and the comedy is just superb, it really is a witty film and has some really good oneliners…… Weaver and Hewitt really hit it off together and I will not be surprised if they are p
                        ut in a movie again together. If I had to plump for which was the best I would have to give Jennifer Love Hewitt the vote, and she was also great in her role in “ I still know what you did Last Summer”. Hackman as Tensy the aging tycoon, well what you can say about Gene Hackman. The guy is just brilliant in any role he plays as proved by his latest movie “ Behind Enemy Lines”.. I will not tell you the ending of the film except to say it was a 10/10 comedy for me. And if you want to find out if Page falls in love for the first time or whether her Mum manages to get Tensy to marry her and get all his money then go see the movie. I can promise you that you will love every single minute of it…….. Anyway thanks yet again for the read, do take care and keep smiling, as ever your friend online…………. Art………14th January 2002……..

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                          18.10.2001 20:17
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                          Heartbreakers is the new romantic comedy with a great cast. After lots of nagging from my wife I decided to sit down and watch it with her. Well I am glad I did. Heartbreakers follows the family partnership of Max (Sigourney Weaver) and Page (Jennifer Love Hewitt) in there quest to con millionaire men out of their hard earned cash. Max and Page are a mother and daughter team who target men with the aim of marrying them and then getting huge divource payments out of them. The film starts out with Max marrying Ray Liotta character and then tricks him into having an affair. The con artists then travel to Palm Beach for one last con trip. They target a tobacco billionaire played by Gene Hackman. Whilst they try to con the rich man Page falls for a local lad and things get a little complicated. One of the main strengths of this movie is the all star cast. How many other films could include Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ray Liotta and Gene Hackman. The cast do an excellent job. Hewitt and Weaver have a good relationship and seem to enjoy there roles. If you are fan of Jennifer Love Hewitt then you will love this film. She has a change of custume nearly every 10 minutes and most of the customes are little more than a belt! The star of the film is Gene Hackman. He has a difficult role to play as the heavy smoking millionaire. He is very funny. It was also strange to see Ray Liotta after his role in Hannibal. I will never be able to look at him the same after the end scene from Hannibal. Heartbreakers has a perfect combination of comedy and romance. It can be very funny at times which distracts from the running time of over 2 hours. Yes the film does drag towards the end. If I was to be honest I would say that the film could have ended half an hour before but I am sure the director wanted it to end on a happy note. The ending is good but a little predictable so I am not sure if the last 20 minutes were really needed. Heartbreakers is not
                          family entertainment though as some of the scenes are pretty rude. Nothing much happens but it is implied! If you are after a quiet night in watching a film which does not require much thinking than Heartbreakers is for you. It is a clever movie which will have you laughing out loud but also feeling good about yourself when it has finished.

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                          Ok, so maybe this isn't the best film in the world, but that doesn't mean to say that it isn't good either! Jennifer Love Hewitt stars as one half of an elite double, with Signourey Weaver playing the other half. The plot is quite simple and is one you pick up on in the first ten minutes of the film. Max (Weaver) is the temptress mother of Page (Hewitt). Together they make an excellent crime double, as a pair who marry men, divorce them and take all their money. They go round a lot of men, the mother marries them, the daughter has an affair with them and then they con them out of their money, and as you can guess they always marry rich men. Then one day, when Max is working on a very rich old man, Page meets a guy who she falls in love with. She trys to cover it up by seeing him secretly behind her mothers back. In the end Page agrees to marry him and trich him out of his money by leaving her mother to have an affair with him. But hse's really in love with him, so can she go through with it! This is a great film and deserves a watch. I loved watching it and found it funny in some places, it isn't overly funny but the amount of humour makes it just right.

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                            But not in a good way!! I went to see this film the other night, it came highly recommended by various friends - and I was assured of a good, watchable, interesting and worthwhile film. However I have to say I was very disappointed. The basic storyline is that Sigorney Weaver and Jennifer Love-Hewitt are mother and daughter con-women. Weaver seduces and then marries rich men, Love-Hewitt then moves in before the marriage has been consumated, makes a huge play for the new husband, gets something going within a set timescale, and then is caught in the act by the new wife - who obviously files for divorce, and half and the husbands assets as far as possible. The con-act makes a small fortune, and they move on to the next town/city, and the next target. The catch in the film is that Love-Hewitt's character, called Jane at this point, falls in love, I have to say with a particularly unattractive man, and starts to throw the operation into jeopardy. Gene Hackman plays an extremely disgusting old man very well, and definitely brings more amusing interludes in comparison with some of the other 'jokes'. Obviously the ending is very predictable, Jane can't keep up the charade after the divorce and after various strangling fights in the car with her mother, all is well. The acting isn't awful, but the charaters seemed very wooden, without much depth at all. There are amusing moments, but in my opinion these are more few and far between than the film makers would have you believe, and the film is far too long. I was falling asleep by the end, wishing that it would finish - and that there wouldn't be any more cheap and pointless minor twists to the story. In all I don't think I would recommend this film, not unless you've had a few pints first, which would help in making the funny bits funny!

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