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Heartbreakers

Published August 18, 2019

Heartbreakers

Film info

  • Title Heartbreakers
  • Director David Mirkin
  • Year 2001
  • Run time 2hrs 3m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance, Crime
  • Tagline Caution: Dangerous curves ahead

Maxine Connors (Sigourney Weaver) and daughter Paige (Jennifer Love Hewitt) are a successful con-artist double act. Scheming mom Maxine lures rich men to the altar only to set up a seduction via her daughter that guarantees a hefty divorce settlement a little time later. Some debts to clear, Maxine fixes well-intentioned billionaire William Tensy (Gene Hackman) in her sights, which Paige insists will be her last job. Complications ensue when Paige falls in love for real with a lowly bartender (Jason Lee) and washes her hands of the project, forcing Maxine to somehow deal with this sticky situation and come to terms with her daughter's real emotional agenda.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:38This has more of a cast than I remember!
4:43It’s the longest corridor ever.
8:17“What happened?” “Not a whole hell of a lot.”
14:29Carrie Fisher is in this?? I want her as my lawyer, for sure.
17:18“No cards, Paige, this is a classy place.”
22:42Unnecessary crocodile violence.
24:34That hotel suite is HUGE.
35:05She’s going rogue again, whilst already being quite rogue.
44:38“My car doesn’t drive so good with a tree in it.”
50:18I’d forgotten how gross Gene Hackman is in this.
54:30“You sneak all the way out here to stare at space and shit?”
1:02:40Personal fire device.
1:05:43Meteor fragment in a ring is the greatest gift ever.
1:17:28Mr C totally called this double cross at the beginning.
1:20:55Loopholeless.
1:31:42Ray Liotta realisation face is excellent.
1:32:27“We can’t make a scumbug do anything a scumbag wouldn’t do anyway.”
1:35:41Mr C didn’t call that twist though.
1:40:3913 times!
1 :48:28Look at the size of that strawberry!
1:53:20Arguing about who doesn’t take the money now.
1 :55:50“Oh, it’s a hug. We can pull over for a hug.”

Thoughts

I’ve seen this film once or maybe twice a long, long time ago and I knew that I loved it. I’ve been waiting, not-so-patiently, for it to appear anywhere, pleeeease, and finally it popped up on Amazon Prime. Hooray!

Thankfully, it lived up to my nostalgia and the hype I’d given it within our household. Funny, with interesting characters, doing twisty-turny type things and leaving you guessing. I really wasn’t keen on Gene Hackman’s character, and I suppose his story felt a little unfinished, although of course it ended with the most final act of all.

The only downside, really, is that Jason Lee seemed quite out of his depth amongst the calibre of the other actors. He didn’t really have the chemistry you’d hope for with JLH, even though some of that was down to her shouting at him for half the film.

Rating: 4 / 5

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