I've been defending The Heartbreak Kid ever since it hit theaters back in 2007, however, I didn't feel comfortable putting my argument in writing until having seen the original film. I've come across a handful of reviews and a number of moviegoers who chastise the Farrelly brothers for not having stuck closer to the iconic source material. I thought that perhaps after having seen the 1972 version, I wouldn't be as eager to sing the update's praises, but what happened is actually the opposite; seeing the original only made me appreciate the newer version even more.
For those out of the loop, The Heartbreak Kid, both the original and the Farrelly brother's film, is about a guy who marries a wonderful girl only to learn about a few new quirks while on their honeymoon. Actually, that's not all he discovers; our leading man finds a new girl, a better girl. Where the films veer in completely opposite directions is in the comedy. Think about past Farrelly films, the best and the worst. There's Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary, Shallow Hal and more. What do all of these films have in common? The humor is outrageous and that's exactly how The Heartbreak Kid remake was approached, which instantly differentiates from the original.