Montreal Film Journal

THE DIRECTORS SERIES (34)


1995
Dumb & Dumber 81
[ review ]



1996
Kingpin 76
[ review ]



1998
There's Something About Mary 90
[ review ]



2000
Me, Myself & Irene 72
[ review ]



2001
Shallow Hal 85
[ review ]



2003
Stuck on You 47
[ review ]



2005
Fever Pitch 51
[ review ]



2007
The Heartbreak Kid 72
[ After a couple of subpar outings, the Farrelly decided to once again draft Ben Stiller, the star of their best film, "There's Something About Mary." And it worked! While not quite as great as their first collaboration, "The Heartbreak Kid" is way funnier and sharper than either "Stuck on You" or "Fever Pitch". It's quite similar to their underrated "Shallow Hal", in how it deals with how macho and stupid men can be, while also aiming for a certain sweetness... And then at times, it's just wonderfully vulgar and wrong! You'd think the Farrelly couldn't top themselves anymore by now, but there are scenes here that really push the boundaries. In that regard, Malin Akerman is game as fuck - literally! She's like the anti-Cameron Diaz, as crazy as Diaz' Mary was lovable... The lovable being taken up here by Michelle Monaghan. The movie also features hilarious turns from Rob Corddry, Jerry Stiller and Danny McBride and, all in all, it's truly a return to form for the Farrelly. ]




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