March 23rd, 2001



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A mother and daughter con team seduce and scam wealthy men.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 6.1/10 (26,828 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: David Mirkin

Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gene Hackman

Max and Page are a mother and daughter con team. Max seduces wealthy men into marrying her, then Page seduces them into infidelity so Max can rake them over the divorce court coals. And then it's on to the next victim.

Writers: Robert Dunn, Paul Guay

Sigourney Weaver - Angela Nardino / Max Conners / Ulga Yevanova
Jennifer Love Hewitt - Wendy / Page Conners / Jane Helstrom
Ray Liotta - Dean Cumanno / Vinny Staggliano
Jason Lee - Jack Withrowe
Anne Bancroft - Gloria Vogal / Barbara
Jeffrey Jones - Mr. Appel
Gene Hackman - William B. Tensy
Nora Dunn - Miss Madress
Julio Oscar Mechoso - Leo
Ricky Jay - Dawson's Auctioneer
Sarah Silverman - Linda
Zach Galifianakis - Bill
Michael Hitchcock - Dr. Arnold Davis
Pierre Gonneau - Priest at First Wedding
Shawn Colvin - Minister at Second Wedding

Taglines: Caution: Dangerous Curves Ahead


Official Website: MGM |

Release Date: 23 March 2001

Filming Locations: Ambassador Hotel - 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $11,801,323 (USA) (25 March 2001) (2750 Screens)

Gross: $40,334,024 (USA) (5 August 2001)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Portugal: (TV version)

Did You Know?

The most expensive shot in the movie was when Jennifer Love Hewitt leaned against the car to talk to Ray Liotta near the end of the movie. Because it was cold on set, she had a white sweatshirt around her waist that was in the shot, and it had to be digitally taken out.

Continuity: Page brings a wine glass to her mouth, and in the next shot her hands are at her side.

Page Conners: Excuse me, may I grab your nuts? Mmm. Salty.

User Review

Good old-fashioned dirty-minded fun, even when Jennifer Love Hewitt isn't on screen.

Rating: 7/10

Director David Mirkin used to write for "The Simpsons," which explains why Danny Elfman did the main theme for "Heartbreakers" - a movie that, success-wise, has more in common with The Greatest TV Show Ever than with Mirkin's earlier "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion," and not just because Shawn Colvin makes a guest appearance here as well. Don't get me wrong, it's not nearly as clever - but it IS often as funny. Plus you get to look at Jennifer Love Hewitt a lot.

Mother/daughter grifter duo Sigourney Weaver and JLH are on the verge of splitting up, but agree to do One Last Big Score (isn't it always the way) in order to get out of trouble with the IRS and part sufficiently loaded; Gene Hackman, as a chain-smoking pensionable zillionaire ("His liver spots are positively luminous") is their mark in Palm Beach and also the source of a lot of the fun. In fact, he and an under-used Ray Liotta come close to swiping the film from the leads, but Sig and Love make a good team, each complementing the other - Weaver's the better actress, but Hewitt holds her own; and though the former's attractive, the latter - even in her blonde disguise - is smokin' (something the film never forgets - you get to look at Jennifer Love Hewitt a lot).

The Robert Dunn/Paul Guay/Stephen Mazur script won't win plaudits from the PC brigade; "Heartbreakers" is often a farce in a good sense, but the female characters come off for the most part not as morally upright as their male counterparts (though Hackman's moneybags is by far the most repellent person here). Pacy for sure, and often funny if not always in what the late British DJ Kenny Everett's Cupid Stunt character called "the best possible taste" (witness the oral sex gags early on), there's a distinct slowing down as the tale unfolds and Jen's growing feelings for a potential mark (Jason Lee) makes it more sentimental than cynics would like; the first half of the movie is funnier and edgier than the second. But you get to look at Jennifer Love Hewitt a lot.

In the end, "Heartbreakers" has a tone a bit too much like the likes of "Are You Being Served?" to be a must-view for all; the movie sometimes comes across like a "Carry On" film. Only with a budget. And good performances. And decent writing. And funny. And with a fine soundtrack. Okay, so it's not much like a "Carry On" film, but it does make for a good two hours' watching; Weaver fans will get a particular kick out of her rendition of "Back In The U.S.S.R.", and Hackman fans will enjoy seeing him upstage everyone except for Hewitt's anatomy; I gave this 7 out of 10, but I should have given this an 8 purely on that count. This is one movie that lives up to its title.

And did I mention you get to look at Jennifer Love Hewitt a lot?


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