Malin Akerman Weekend – The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Writer: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Scot Armstrong, Leslie Dixon, Kevin Barnett (Screenplay) Bruce Jay Friedman (Short Story)

Starring: Ben Stiller, Malin Akerman, Michelle Monaghan, Jerry Stiller, Rob Corddry, Carlos Mencia, Scott Wilson


Plot: A newly wed man who believes he’s just gotten hitched to the perfect woman encounters another lady on his honeymoon.

Tagline – It seemed like a good idea… at the time

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Laugh Out Loud Comedy


Story: The Heartbreak Kid starts as we meet 40-year-old Eddie (Stiller) a single man who has never got near to marrying, with his friends settling down, when he comes out of an ex-girlfriend wedding he is feeling down, but a chance meeting with Lila (Akerman) could change everything in his future.

Being spontaneous and learning that Lila could need to leave for work unless she is married the two get married after just 6 weeks together and head off on their honeymoon in Mexico. The longer the two spend together the bigger secrets that come out and Eddie starts to regret marrying her and it becomes worse when he meets Miranda (Monaghan) while on the honeymoon.


Thoughts on The Heartbreak Kid


Characters – Eddie is a 40-year-old man who has never committed to a relationship with his friends getting married, but when he meets Lila he bites the bullet and gets married only to learn Lila isn’t the woman he thought she was and tries to start hanging out with another woman at the resort. Lila is the beautiful woman that comes into Eddie’s life, to stay in America she gets married, only to show the flaws that Eddie hasn’t seen yet, one that is different to what he wants. Miranda is a woman that Eddie meets at the resort and they just click, but she doesn’t know his secret.

PerformancesBen Stiller gives one of his best performances of his career on the comic level, he fits the character well and gets both the serious and slapstick style down well. Malin Akerman does great and uses her abilities for the comedy that goes against what you would expect. Michelle Monaghan is always a great choice in these roles and fits the role perfectly.

StoryThe story shows us what it is like to be getting to an age where getting married can become important or facing loneliness and warns us about getting married too quickly, leaving you a chance to fall for the person you are meant to be with. This does work for a story as we watch Eddie try to keep his wife happy and start flirting with another woman and the comedy plays into this well.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy works well in this film we get a range of it from sarcastic to slapstick, the romance works too because it shows what it is like at the age where people would feel the need to settle down.

SettingsMost of the movie is in and around Mexico which looks beautiful throughout the film.

Scene of the Movie –
Everything revealed.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is long in places.

Final ThoughtsThis is one comedy that I did enjoy, it has good jokes and comic moments, as well as a good romantic story involved.


Overall: Enjoyable comedy throughout.





Pay It Forward (2000)

logoDirector: Mimi Leder

Writer: Leslie Dixon (Screenplay) Catherine Ryan Hyde (Book)

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment, Jay Mohr, Jim Caviezel, Jon Bon Jovi


Plot: A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Inspiringly Good Tale


Story: Pay it Forward starts by showing reporter Chris Chandler (Mohr) tracking down to find out what is happening with a hostage situation before his car gets smashed by the perk. With everyone gone Chris gets a surprise visit from a mystery man who gives him his car in a generosity idea.

Rewind 4 months we met Trevor McKinney (Osment) a young boy attending school where he meets his new teacher Eugene Simonet (Spacey), Eugene is scared and sets out the rules for his class as he teaches the middle school social studies. On the first day Mr Simonet sets his class an assignment ‘Think of an idea to change our world – and put it into ACTION!’ Trevor becomes obsessed with this idea and instantly gets his mind rolling with ideas.

Trevor lives with his mum Arlene (Hunt) who works at a strip bar but only as a bartender, Trevor finds himself having to look after himself after school on a regular occasion but this time he decides to start his idea, by bring home a homeless man Jerry (Caviezel) feeding him and giving him a roof for the night as well as a shower, cleaning him up. Arlene is furious about finding out finding the homeless man in their house and confronts Mr Simonet about the assignment before having to go to her next job as a croupier.

Returning to Chris we learn about why he got the car with the pay it forward idea and how it came about and how the mystery man got to the position to pass it on to Chris.

We move back to Jerry fixing Arlene’s car and we learn how Trevor helps Jerry get back on his feet. Trevor has come up with his idea to paying it forward, where one person helps three people by doing something to help them find something into life and by doing so those three people will then pay it forward to three more and so on. After feeling like he failed with Jerry, Trevor moves onto his next person Mr Simonet as Trevor starts to try him up with his mother. We also see the parallel story of Chris trying to uncover who really invented the idea of Pay It Forward.

We are treated to the story of one little boy who managed to think of a way to change the world for the better with a simple idea of putting faith in each other.

Pay it Forward manages to give us a story about what can be achieved if we put our minds to it, if we put a simple action into motion. It shows us that mistakes in life are going to happen, it is how we handle ourselves when we get a chance to redeem ourselves that matters. We see how one little boy has this idea that makes everyone it affects improve their own lives as well as the people it pays it forward too. The reality is we all have had an idea to improve things, change things and only a few people in history have ever put it into action, so this film manages to challenge us to prove we want to change things. I can’t go on without talking about the ending that is fitting for the story even if it is full of tragedy. (9/10)


Actor Review


Kevin Spacey: Eugene Simonet the scared emotionless teacher who doesn’t believe anyone will ever treat him the same because of his burns. Eugene sets his pupils a simple assignment which ends up becoming a sensation. Kevin gives a great performance as the inspirational teacher. (9/10)


Helen Hunt: Arlene McKinney single mother of Trevor who has to work two jobs to make ends meet, she has a drinking problem but is working on sorting herself out. Helen gives a great performance as the struggling mother. (9/10)


Haley Joel Osment: Trevor McKinney young boy who gets inspired by his teacher to create the Pay it Forward movement which could make the world a better place, but after it doesn’t seem to work first time around he tries again and just as it appears like it is working things keep stopping what could be the very best idea the world would have seen. Haley gives a brilliant performance in an idea that should have helped change his career. (10/10)


Jay Mohr: Chris Chandler a reporter who literally stumbles into the pay it forward idea and tries to uncover the truth about who started it in a journey that takes him across the country. Jay gives a good performance but never needs to put in more than he does. (7/10)


Jim Caviezel: Jerry homeless man who Trevor first helps and after it looks like he has let Trevor down we see that he does in fact Pay it Forward on his next travelling trip. Jim puts in a good performance in a supporting role. (7/10)


Support Cast: Pay it Forward as a supporting cast that has been helped out along the way by the idea that all show how people from different backgrounds change how people think about the world.


Director Review: Mimi Leder – Mimi does a great job directing this showing how one idea can spread so easily. (9/10)


Drama: Pay it Forward touches off all the emotional leaves in this film letting us know what the characters think and feel throughout the film. (9/10)

Settings: Pay it Forward Las Vegas is the setting and it shows how hard living there could be for a boy growing up with so much change. (9/10)

Suggestion: Pay it Forward is one that really has to be watch by everyone. (Watch)


Best Part: The Idea.

Worst Part: I like the end but it is hard to watch.

Lessons Learned: Pay it forward.


Believability: The story is made up by the idea really could work. (0/10)

Chances of Tears: Very good chance at the end. (8/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: Surprisingly not

Box Office: $55.5 Million

Budget: $40 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 3 Minutes

Tagline: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.


Overall: When it comes to a film that really does pass on a good message this really is one of them, brilliantly acted and wonderfully told this is something a lot of people should be seeing.

Rating 90

Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

logoDirector: Chris Columbus

Writer: Randi Mayem Singer, Leslie Dixon (Screenplay) Anne Fine (Novel)

Starring: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, Polly Holliday, Lisa Jakub, Matthew Lawrence, Mara Wilson


Plot: Daniel Hillard is an eccentric actor who specializes in dubbing voices for cartoon characters. Daniel is a kind man and a loving father to his three kids Lydia, Chris, and Natalie, but Daniel’s wife Miranda sees him as a poor disciplinarian, and a bad role model. After Daniel throws an elaborate and disastrous birthday party for Chris, Miranda reaches the end of her limited patience, and files for a divorce. Daniel is heartbroken when Miranda is given custody of the kids and he’s only allowed to visit them once a week. Determined to stay in contact with his kids, Daniel discovers that Miranda is looking for a housekeeper, and with help from his brother Frank, a makeup artist, Daniel gets the job, disguised as Mrs. Iphegenia Doubtfire, a Scottish nanny. Daniel pulls off the ruse so well that neither Miranda nor his children recognize him, and in the process, he learns some parenting tips. Daniel also has to deal with Miranda’s new boyfriend, a jerk named Stu Dunmeyer.


Verdict: Classic Cross Dressing Comedy


Story: On paper this could come off creepy, the whole dressing up as an old lady to sneak back into your house to look after your kids. It turns into a brilliant story of how one man will finally realise that he needs to stop not taking anything seriously and be the adult and father his children need. Don’t get me wrong he is a good father to his children, but he doesn’t parent as part of a partnership. It also shows how one man can become jealous once he sees what he had slipping away from him. He does get to use all his skills in both his personal disguise and his work environment once a top boss sees his potential. The story has plenty of references for both child and adults alike and really will be enjoyable for them all to enjoy. (9/10)


Actor Review


Robin Williams: Daniel Hillard/Mrs Doubtfire the desperate recently divorced guy who takes up his alter ego to spend more time with his children, even if it does lead to consequences. Great performance from Williams, who gets to use all his talents through the film. (10/10)


Sally Field: Miranda the wife who wants to have a man who will show the reasonability of an adult, while her career flourishes. Good performance from Sally who does give plenty for William’s to work off. (8/10)


Pierce Brosnan: Stu the new love interest that Daniel takes an instant dislike to, he is a success in his field and wants to use Miranda’s skill in his next investment. Good performance by not playing the villainous boyfriend just the compeition. (8/10)


Harvey Fierstein: Frank Daniel’s brother who helps design his Mrs Doubtfire costume knowing all he wants it to look after his kids. Good supporting performance. (7/10)


Director Review: Chris Columbus – Great direction to create one of the most classic comedies of all time. (10/10)


Comedy: It has laughs a plenty that William’s truly does carry everything here. (10/10)

Settings: Most settings are just basic houses but it shows the difference in success between the characters. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is a must watch for everyone, it is one if not the best comedy of the 90s and will always be considered one of the best of all time. (Watch)


Best Part: William’s Performance.

Worst Part: Being picky here, but a couple of the reference jokes have dated a bit.

Funniest Scene: Dinner scene.

Believability: Seems like a bit much. (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: There is one in the pipeline, but it doesn’t need one.

Post Credits Scene: No


Awards: Robin Williams won a Golden Globe and It won best Comedy.Musical Motion Picture.

Oscar Chances: Won 1 Oscar for Makeup

Box Office: $441 Million

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 5 Minutes

Tagline: She makes dinner, she does windows, she reads bedtime stories, and she’s a blessing in disguise.


Overall: Brilliant Classic Comedy

Rating 92