Thursday, August 05, 2010
Moofies - Heartbreaker (2010)
EXPECTATIONS: I honestly expect very little from this film. It's set in France, so it will be pretty, and Johnny Depp's woman is stupidly attractive, so I'm interested to see how she acts.
REALITY: This is so dumb, but I expected that it would be so it wasn't like a huge let down or something.
Alex (Romain Duris) is seemingly god's gift to women. People hire him when they need a couple to break up. Using plans that would make Wile.E. Coyote roll his eyes, Alex and his two offsiders use disguises, background knowledge, and Alex's fake speech and tears to win the hearts of multiple women. After a kiss, Alex says that it is too late for him. His heart is broken forever, but it is not to late for the woman in his arms to move on and live an amazing life. It's like a 'you deserve better' speech which makes women leave the men that they are with.
Alex owes some thugs a lot of money, so he takes a tough case; trying to get Juliette (Vanessa Paradis/Ms Depp) to call off her wedding with the dashing Jonathon (Andrew Lincoln) just days before the big day. He uses her love of WHAM! and Dirty Dancing to win her over, but it is not until he gives her some honesty that they finally fall in love. Bla, bla, bla.
Alex is likable enough, as is Juliette, but the 'chemistry' is not really there, and the premise of this film is pretty awful. According to this film, all women need is one attractive man to cry and tell them that they are wonderful and they will leave their partners. They obviously can't just make up their own minds like the adult human beings that they are; they need a complete stranger to step in and change their minds for them. It was pretty icky stuff.
I laughed a lot more than I thought I would, and France looks amazing, so it's not all bad.