Interestingly, Mrs. TK and I were just at a resort outside of Seattle for a wedding that we both agreed reminded us of Dirty Dancing. I idly wondered how many of the young guys working there ended up nailing the guests daughters, and she pondered whether they broke out into spontaneous dance routines… and got abortions.
Why do I bring this up? One, to rub in the fact that I was on vacation, and two, because of the references found in the trailer for Heartbreaker, aka L’arnacœur. It’s a French film about a brother and sister team (Romain Duris and Julie Ferrier) who specialize in breaking up relationships for money. So they’re essentially gigantic assholes, except that they only do it when the woman in the relationship is “not knowingly unhappy.”
They’re hired by a rich dude to break up his daughter’s (Vanessa Paradis) relationship, and only have 10 days to do so before her wedding. As Duris begins to learn all about her… well, this is gonna come as a shock but, they begin to fall for each other.
I know, right? Totally unpredictable.
Much as it pains me to admit, this actually looks rather fun. Despite the presence of three of my least favorite things (Dirty Dancing references, George Michael songs, and the French), it just appears to have that kind of breezy enjoyability that can sometimes suck you in. It’s apparently getting good reviews overseas as well, so who knows.
Heartbreaker will get a limited release in US theaters in September. Oh, and second shockerooni for you: It’s been optioned for an English-language remake.