HeartbreakersMarch 23, 2001
A mother and daughter con team seduce and scam wealthy men.
Release Year: 2001
Rating: 6.1/10 (26,828 voted)
Critic's Score: 47/100
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gene Hackman
Max and Page are a mother and daughter con team. Max seduces wealthy men into marrying her, then Page seduces them into infidelity so Max can rake them over the divorce court coals. And then it's on to the next victim.
Writers: Robert Dunn, Paul Guay
Jennifer Love Hewitt
William B. Tensy
Julio Oscar Mechoso
Dr. Arnold Davis
Priest at First Wedding
Minister at Second Wedding
Caution: Dangerous Curves Ahead
Release Date: 23 March 2001
Filming Locations: Ambassador Hotel – 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $11,801,323
(25 March 2001)
(5 August 2001)
Did You Know?
The most expensive shot in the movie was when Jennifer Love Hewitt leaned against the car to talk to Ray Liotta near the end of the movie. Because it was cold on set, she had a white sweatshirt around her waist that was in the shot, and it had to be digitally taken out.
Page brings a wine glass to her mouth, and in the next shot her hands are at her side.
Excuse me, may I grab your nuts? Mmm. Salty.
Good old-fashioned dirty-minded fun, even when Jennifer Love Hewitt isn't on screen.
Director David Mirkin used to write for "The Simpsons," which explains why
Danny Elfman did the main theme for "Heartbreakers" – a movie that,
success-wise, has more in common with The Greatest TV Show Ever than with
Mirkin's earlier "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion," and not just
because Shawn Colvin makes a guest appearance here as well. Don't get me
wrong, it's not nearly as clever – but it IS often as funny. Plus you get
look at Jennifer Love Hewitt a lot.
Mother/daughter grifter duo Sigourney Weaver and JLH are on the verge of
splitting up, but agree to do One Last Big Score (isn't it always the way)
in order to get out of trouble with the IRS and part sufficiently loaded;
Gene Hackman, as a chain-smoking pensionable zillionaire ("His liver spots
are positively luminous") is their mark in Palm Beach and also the source
a lot of the fun. In fact, he and an under-used Ray Liotta come close to
swiping the film from the leads, but Sig and Love make a good team, each
complementing the other – Weaver's the better actress, but Hewitt holds
own; and though the former's attractive, the latter – even in her blonde
disguise – is smokin' (something the film never forgets – you get to look
Jennifer Love Hewitt a lot).
The Robert Dunn/Paul Guay/Stephen Mazur script won't win plaudits from the
PC brigade; "Heartbreakers" is often a farce in a good sense, but the
characters come off for the most part not as morally upright as their male
counterparts (though Hackman's moneybags is by far the most repellent
here). Pacy for sure, and often funny if not always in what the late
DJ Kenny Everett's Cupid Stunt character called "the best possible taste"
(witness the oral sex gags early on), there's a distinct slowing down as
tale unfolds and Jen's growing feelings for a potential mark (Jason Lee)
makes it more sentimental than cynics would like; the first half of the
movie is funnier and edgier than the second. But you get to look at
Love Hewitt a lot.
In the end, "Heartbreakers" has a tone a bit too much like the likes of
You Being Served?" to be a must-view for all; the movie sometimes comes
across like a "Carry On" film. Only with a budget. And good performances.
And decent writing. And funny. And with a fine soundtrack. Okay, so it's
much like a "Carry On" film, but it does make for a good two hours'
watching; Weaver fans will get a particular kick out of her rendition of
"Back In The U.S.S.R.", and Hackman fans will enjoy seeing him upstage
everyone except for Hewitt's anatomy; I gave this 7 out of 10, but I
have given this an 8 purely on that count. This is one movie that lives up
to its title.
And did I mention you get to look at Jennifer Love Hewitt a