Friday 2 July 2010

Heartbreaker review

Heartbreaker (15, 105 mins)
Director: Pascal Chalmeuil
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

A huge hit in its native France, this breezy comedy stars Romain Duris as a smooth operator who breaks couples up for a living by seducing the woman and showing her how unhappy she is. When he’s hired by the father of Vanessa Paradis and given only a few days to make her call off her wedding, he’s unwilling to take the job as he believes she's happy, but as he owes 30,000 Euros to a gangster he’s in no position to argue. Heartbreaker is fun if over-egged, with some superfluous set pieces but also a certain energy and enough disguises, caper stings and comical Dirty Dancing-inspired moments to keep the attention for the first two thirds. But it runs out of puff and invention, dragging its heels for the final stretch and there’s never any doubt where it’s headed.

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