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The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 5, 2002

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Running Time
1 hour, 46 minutes

Country USA

Studio 20th Century Fox, Palomar Pictures International

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Genre: Comedy, Betrayal, Marriage, Infidelity, Love, Love Triangle

Plot: Elaine May's second film was also her most successful comedy. Reminiscent of her old partner Mike Nichols's THE GRADUATE, THE HEARTBREAK KID deals with themes of misguided choices, the idea of true love, and how lust colors both--all with the unique comic spin created by May and screenwriter and playwright Neil Simon. Charles Grodin is his fumbling, bumbling best as Lenny. When he meets pretty Lila (Jeannie Berlin, May's real-life daughter) in a bar, their quick courtship leads to marriage. But on their drive south to their Miami honeymoon, Lenny's having second thoughts by the time they reach Virginia. When they get to Florida, Lila's quirks are driving him crazy. Lila is trapped in their room after she gets a fierce sunburn their first day; newly liberated, Lenny meets beautiful coed Kelly (Cybill Shepherd). The glamorous, blonde Kelly is everything Lila isn't--and everything Lenny has decided he wants. When's Lenny's surreptitious meetings with Kelly blossom into more than he planned for, he's forced to choose whether he wants to have his cake, eat it...or maybe try the pecan pie. May's legendary vision, and perfectionism, create a funny, touching, and fast-paced film classic.

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 Directed by
Elaine May
Ishtar, Mikey and Nicky, Primary Colors
 Written by
Bruce Jay Friedman
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Neil Simon
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Cybill Shepherd
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Doris Roberts
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Charles Grodin
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Jeannie Berlin
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Audra Lindley
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Eddie Albert
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