HEARTBREAKERS

What Does It Profit a Woman . . .

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Release Date: March 23, 2001

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer
Love Hewitt, Gene Hackman, Ray
Liotta, Jason Lee, & Jeffrey
Jones

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers & adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 123 minutes

Distributor: MGM/UA

Director: David Mirkin

Executive Producer: Clayton Townsend, Gary Smith &
Hadeel Reda

Producer: John Davis & Irving Ong

Writer: Robert Dunn, Paul Guay &
Stephen Mazur

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Content:

(PaPa, B, C, LLL, V, SS, N, A, D, MM) Pagan worldview about a con artist mother & daughter, with some moral elements & two wedding scenes, one set in a Roman Catholic church & one with a female Christian minister presiding; 33 mostly mild obscenities, 15 mostly mild profanities & very crude jokes about a nude male statue’s private parts; some slapstick violence such as pratfall, corpse falls off balcony, girl slips in mud, & cars crash; provocative honeymoon scene, implied adulterous oral sex & mother puts knockout drops in her son-in-law’s drink so she can make daughter think her spouse slept with her mother, who’s posing as her cousin; brief upper male nudity, cleavage & short skirts; alcohol use & pretending to be drunk; smoking; and, confidence games involving sex, cheating, lying, stealing, & adultery.

Summary:

Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt star in HEARTBREAKERS as mother and daughter con artists who target wealthy single men. The climax of this uneven story has a strong moral point to make about love and marriage, but it is surrounded by distasteful material, including sexual content, foul language and other immoral behavior, including cheating, lying, stealing, and adultery.

Review:

Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt star in HEARTBREAKERS as a mother and daughter who are con artists. Their con consists of the mother marrying rich men, then having her daughter seduce the men into committing adultery, thereby resulting in a great divorce settlement.

The movie opens with the mother and daughter duping a gangster who runs a chop shop for stolen automobiles. The mother makes sure that her daughter seduces the man before the marriage is consummated. This involves an elaborate ruse, including a sexual tease, the night of the honeymoon. The divorce settlement earns them $300,000 and a Mercedes.

The daughter vows that this is her last job with her mother, but a female IRS agent confiscates their money at the bank. So, the daughter agrees to one last con, but insists that they do it in Palm Beach, Florida. They settle on a rich tobacco magnate, played by Gene Hackman, but the daughter still wants to go out on her own. While her mother woos the tobacco king, the daughter tries to start a con with a rich momma’s boy at a small local restaurant, but the young bartender accidentally interrupts the con. When the daughter finds out that the bartender actually owns the restaurant and that the place is worth $3 million to real estate developers, she decides to con him out of his restaurant. Love gets in the way of her plans, however.

HEARTBREAKERS tries hard to be funny, but it’s just not that hilarious. The cast has lots of energy, but the performances don’t amount to much. What was needed here was a gifted physical comedian such as Sandra Bullock, Steve Martin or Jim Carrey.

A key plot point in this story is the mother’s attitude toward men. Abandoned by her daughter’s father, the mother is overly protective of her daughter, warning her never to get intimate with a man, because all men will cheat on her, or worse. In the end, the mother tries to prove to her daughter that the restaurant owner is just like all the other men they’ve conned.

The climax of this story has a strong moral point to make about love and marriage, but it is surrounded by distasteful material, including sexual content, foul language and other immoral behavior, including cheating, lying, stealing, and adultery. At the beginning of the movie, however, there is a wedding scene in a church where the words of Jesus can clearly be seen: “What does it profit a man if he should gain the whole earth but lose his soul?” In a way, this story is about how the daughter regains her soul, in a metaphorical, artistic sense rather than a Christian one, of course.

In Brief:

Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt star in HEARTBREAKERS as a mother and daughter who are con artists. Their con consists of the mother marrying rich men, then having her daughter seduce the men into committing adultery, thereby resulting in a great divorce settlement. They decide to pull their last job together on a wealthy tobacco magnate, played by Gene Hackman, but the daughter still wants to go out on her own. While her mother woos the tobacco king, the daughter tries to con a young restaurant owner out of his property. Love intervenes, however.

The climax of this story has a strong moral point to make about love and marriage, but it is surrounded by distasteful material, including sexual content, foul language, cheating, lying, stealing, and adultery. At the beginning of the movie, however, there is a wedding scene in a church where the words of Jesus can clearly be seen: “What does it profit a man if he should gain the whole earth but lose his soul?” In a way, this story is about how the daughter regains her soul, in a metaphorical, artistic sense rather than a Christian one, regrettably