Heartbreaker (15)

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Romance

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Time Out rating:

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Tue Jun 29 2010

At first glance, you could mistake this for a mainstream Hollywood rom-com: handsome con artist accepts money from rich parents who want him to stand in the way of their beloved daughter and her unsuitable beau. He charms her, she realises she can do better, he invents a sob story about a broken heart and swiftly departs with a wallet full of cash. This, however, is a French film, so there’s a blissful lack of Dane Cook types pedalling crude sex gags. Instead, we have the comically talented French thesp Romain Duris as the charming Alex, and Vanessa Paradis as Juliette, his latest mark – a woman who could actually break his heart. Juliette is engaged to a posh Brit, Jonathan (Andrew Lincoln, not great), but her dad objects, and assigns Alex to intervene and pose as her bodyguard.

It’s an instantly amusing set-up: Duris is terrific as the suave trickster assisted by his sister and her husband, a comical duo who set up surveillance devices to research Alex’s targets. The opening scene is hilarious: Alex poses as a heartbroken doctor delivering medicine to needy villagers, all of whom are in on the act. For Juliette, he must memorise the ‘Dirty Dancing’ routine and Wham! lyrics. More farcical laughs come courtesy of Juliette’s drunken nympho friend, who inconveniently sets her sights on Alex. Problem is, Alex and Juliette never look like a credible love match. Paradis is an enigmatic presence, her character’s true feelings never apparent. When ‘Heartbreaker’ goes for real romance, it falters. When it goes for laughs, it hits the mark. A mixed bag, then, but still an accessible comedy that outstrips its similarly conceived US counterparts.

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15

UK release:

Fri Jul 2, 2010

Duration:

105 mins

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Marianne

Enjoyable fluff. Good to see that Romain Duris didn't mind looking - as Vanessa Paradis told him - "a dickhead": his grimaces when he made himself 'cry' were funny. This would be a perfect film for a rainy Friday night when you're tired at the end of a hard week - not too demanding, but with some intelligence in the script and the characterisation. In the end, I'll go to four stars just because it's such a pleasure to look at.

Phil Ince

Slick-looking, cartoonish farce. Roman Duris looks scrawny rather than horny, I thought. It does have a couple of funny moments but they're generally crushed by the laboured clowning of the brother-in-law character. Wish someone would cast Duris in a Chaplin biopic before it's too late; his teeth are perfect. It doesn't seem to me to be a good script, it's just unusual to see this particular type of rot in French.

Evie

This well-dressed and sun drenched film is likely to leave you in a much better mood. the plot exploits the unexpected to great comic effect. Romain throws himself into the silliness of the role whilst never looking any less than an A-list leading man. 7 3/4 out of 10

Chris Drey

I watched this film last week - very funny indeed! Duris and Mrs Depp are very good lead characters and have a great onscreen chemistry. 4 stars.

Sharon

Excellent film. Very rare today to find a rom-com that is actually both romantic and funny, with 2 attractive and engaging leads, particuarly the wonderful Romain Duris, excellent supporting characters and great wit about it. Highly recommended. See it now before the Hollywood remake ruins it's charm!

Sharon

Excellent film. Very rare today to find a rom-com that is actually both romantic and funny, with 2 attractive and engaging leads, particuarly the wonderful Romain Duris, excellent supporting characters and great wit about it. Highly recommended. See it now before the Hollywood remake ruins it's charm!

Scott

Fantastic film - very, very funny rom-com - great cast, and very cool in a way that only European cinema can be - so much better than the schmultz the US keep churning out.