Heartbreakers (2001)

DAVID MIRKIN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 2001.   Davis Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.   Screenplay by , .   Cinematography by .   Produced by .   Music by .   Production Design by .   Costume Design by .   Film Editing by .   

Disappointing comedy that should have been better considering the talent involved. Sigourney Weaver is eye-popping as a con artist who, between jobs taking men for all they’re worth, has a pretty big problem to deal with: her daughter ().  Mom has taught daughter dearest the grift, but little Lolita wants to go legit, which she is given the opportunity to do when the ladies find themselves at a beautiful Florida resort and daughter discovers true romance with the local bartender (, winning personality thoroughly intact). Gene Hackman is hilarious as the smoking addict that Weaver picks as her next project, and  is almost reminiscent of his brilliant work in Something Wild as one of Weaver’s previous jobs gone wrong. Featuring some very funny moments, this out of control comedy starts off so right and then squeezes too much into its last third, while Hewitt’s lack of any comedic timing whatsoever soon destroy what could have been a very charming moment for her.

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