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Review: Plenty of flesh but no heart

SIGOURNEY Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt play a mother/daughter gold-digging duo with a successful track record.
Their scheme is simple: The attractive mother (Weaver) marries a rich man who she then 'catches', surprisingly enough, in flagrante with the daughter (Hewitt) who has seduced him. It is a brilliant plan that proves quite lucrative for both of them, until the daughter falls in love with one of the 'subjects' and has to face a moral dilemma: stick with her mother or stay with the man?


SIGOURNEY Weaver plays a woman who preys on rich men.
photo: Continental Film

Heartbreakers

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gene Hackman, Anne Bancroft
Directed by: David Mirkin
Running time: 123 min
Rating: 4 out of 10

SIGOURNEY Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt play a mother/daughter gold-digging duo with a successful track record.

Their scheme is simple: The attractive mother (Weaver) marries a rich man who she then 'catches', surprisingly enough, in flagrante with the daughter (Hewitt) who has seduced him. It is a brilliant plan that proves quite lucrative for both of them, until the daughter falls in love with one of the 'subjects' and has to face a moral dilemma: stick with her mother or stay with the man?

When the plot of a movie is as simplistic as it is in Heartbreakers, the dialogue must be superb in order to make up for the lack of action. But the punch lines in Mirkin's film are not only predictable, they are also full of cliché. Most of the dialogue revolves around sex and often resembles the many teenage movies that flood our cinemas every summer.

Heartbreakers also copies the teen flicks in its choice of wardrobe, with Hewitt wearing very short, tight dresses, with her décolletage showing more than it covers, and high-heeled shoes that make her teeter through the whole movie. Nevertheless, this simple role is perfect for her, and it leaves you wondering if this type of character is actually all that she can - and should - play.

Weaver's wardrobe, on the other hand, brilliantly mocks the tastelessness of nouveau riche housewives, but that is not enough to justify her presence in this movie. Considering her reputation and that of Hackman, who plays one of the victim millionaires, one wonders why they chose to appear in this disappointing film, which is a far cry from other much better films they have appeared in, such as The Royal Tenenbaums and Alien, respectively.

The film's soundtrack features some beautiful bossa nova tunes, like Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars, but they are quite wrong for this movie, whose screenplay is no better than that of your average soap opera.

Ultimately, Heartbreakers might show viewers how to get a free meal in a restaurant and how to stay in a luxurious hotel without paying, but it won't make them laugh, and that is what a comedy is supposed to do.

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