There should be a cardinal rule for remakes....If one's not going to make it better, one shouldn't mess with the original. Well, the Farrelly Bros certainly didn't make a better film than the original "HEARTBREAK KID," however, they've put their own stamp on it, and it's got more than a fair share of laugh out(though excessively crude)scenes to please those fans won over by their earlier "THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY," and "KINGPIN."
Ben Stiller assumes the Charles Grodin role of the original film this time out, playing Eddie Cantrow, a sports equipment salesman, who in rapid succession, meets a pretty girl, marries her, and only on his honeymoon realizes he's turned off by her and in love with someone he just met. There are large variations in the narrative between this "remake" and the original, most of which hurt the film. To begin with, in order to reach a wider audience(one can assume) the "Jewish vs Wasp" subtext of the first film is completely gone from the plot, and it was a particularly effective theme, further showcasing the wide gap between Kantrow and Cybil Shepherd's family and culture in the original. In this remake, the Farrellys have decided to highlight the complete insanity and horrifying(by any culture's standards) habits/quirks of the new bride, intentionally trying to persuade the viewer from having any sympathy for her, and justifying Kantrow's sudden decisions and change of heart. While one was meant to be turned off at the new bride in the original version, one didn't hate her and her unattractive features weren't meant to define her, but here they are meant to, and it's not only a cheap shot, but also showcases a certain mean streak that lies throughout the film, wherein the Farrelly's other films actually offered an underlying sweetness(beneath the excessive crudeness)
The film would've also benefited greatly with editing, as it just feels too long by its end. And, the ending offers a conclusion that's completely disturbing and altogether unfitting, if trying to make the film endearing in any way. With all that said, the film still managed to make over 110 million at the box-office, so there are legions of movie-goers who appear to have liked it and passed on good word about it.
The correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio is presented with this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. From beginning to end, the image is flawless! Scene after scene jump off the screen with depth. Whether in the city streets of San Francisco or the exotic location of the resort setting making up the majority of the film, the exquisite detail of sand, ocean, clothing and everything else, help make "THE HEARTBREAK KID" stand out as a reference quality presentation. It's easily one of the best looking blu-rays of 2008!
The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix offers an aggressive mix, filled with elaborate and more subtle effects, creating a consistently lively, engaging atmosphere. The music, carefully selected by the FARRELLY BROS, and crucial to the film's intended atmosphere, is perfectly presented here, boosted by all speakers, with impeccable dynamic range. A GREAT MIX!
All of the extras, previously offered on HD-DVD, are carried over, including the so-so deleted scenes, an engaging commentary, and a great gag reel!