Heart-breakers - Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jason Lee, David Mirkin
Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities
Caution: Dangerous Curves Ahead
Max (Sigourney Weaver) and Page (Jennifer Love Hewitt) are a brilliant mother/daughter con team who have their gift down to a fine science. Max targets wealthy, willing men who fall prey to her beauty and charm and marries them. The equally gorgeous Page then seduces them. Max "catches" her wayward husbands in the act. Then it's off to divorce court - with the hapless men losing much more than their shirts - and on to the next scam, with Max and Page posing in a variety of cons to keep one (or two) steps ahead of the law.
Persons of interest
- Sigourney Weaver .... Max Conners/Angela
- Jennifer Love Hewitt .... Page Conners/Jane Helstrom
- Ray Liotta .... Dean Cumanno/Vinny Staggliano
- Jason Lee .... Jack Withrowe
- Anne Bancroft .... Gloria Vogal/Barbara
- Jeffrey Jones .... Mr Appel
- Gene Hackman .... William B Tensy
- Nora Dunn .... Miss Madress
- Julio Oscar Mechoso .... Leo
- Sarah Silverman .... Linda
- Zach Galifianakis .... Bill
- Michael Hitchcock .... Dr Arnold Davis
- Robert Dunn .... Screenwriter
- Paul Guay .... Screenwriter
- Stephen Mazu .... Screenwriter
- David Mirkin .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
Special Agent Matti
Heart-breakers, dream takers, soul breakers, don't you mess around with me, no, no, no!
Heart-breakers is the gal pal version of Dirty rotten scoundrels, itself a play on the comedic con game genre. Being generic, Heart-breakers never quite manages to bring you any big surprises even though it's still quite funny in places, most originally when Sigourney (as Ulga Yevanova) breaks into song at the Russian club. Can you guess the name of the song she sings before she gets to the chorus? It's a classic moment.
Jennifer Love plays a ditzy tweenie with a penchant for spray on dresses and it doesn't seem to stretch her at all. Jason continues to lift his acting stature from the adolescent Brodie Bruce in Mallrats, up to the only slightly annoying Banky Edwards in Chasing Amy, to a nice cameo in Enemy of the state, to skateboarding geek Skip Skipperton in the slightly underrated Mumford. Most recently he was Jeff Bebe, the pissed-off lead singer of Stillwater in Almost famous. Not a bad record for a high school dropout turned pro-skateboarder. In Heart-breakers, he's the romantic interest for Jennifer Love, combining cuteness with sensitivity and real feelings. It's hard - and important - to play the straight man to a two-dimensional character like Page but Jason pulls it off with no trouble at all.
No-one eats Ray's brains.
If you want a light break from the harsh realities of life, then pick up Heart-breakers: a lite film with only 1 calorie.
Media intelligence (DVD)
- Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Languages: English
- Picture: 1.33:1
- Subtitles: English
Security censorship classification
M (Sexual references, low level coarse language)
118 minutes (1:58 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: 5 July 2001
DVD rental: 9 January 2002
VHS rental: 9 January 2002
DVD retail: 8 May 2002
VHS retail: 8 May 2002