Elaine MayUSA106 minutes1972ColourEnglish
Scripted by Neil Simon, May's most critically and commercially successful film as director induces both laughs and shudders in its acerbic portrait of male egotism, selfishness, and cruelty. The Heartbreak Kid opens as nebbishy salesman Lenny (Charles Grodin) hits the road with his new bride Lila (played by May's daughter Jeannie Berlin, who received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress) for their honeymoon in Miami Beach. Unconscionably annoyed by Lila's whiny neediness before they reach the first rest stop, Lenny realizes that he's made a mistake — and when he sets eyes on blonde socialite Kelly (Cybill Shepherd) at their beachfront hotel, he abandons the sunburned Lila in her room and sets out in pursuit of the shiksa dream goddess. "A first-class American comedy" (Vincent Canby, The New York Times); "The culminating work of Hollywood's Jewish new wave[,] as well as a hilarious riposte to [Mike Nichols'] The Graduate ... a masterpiece of social pathology" (J. Hoberman, The Village Voice).
Please note that this rare archival 35mm print will screen with Swedish subtitles.