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    Comedy is very Farrelly

    “”The Heartbreak Kid,”” the latest project from the raunchmasters of ridicule, Bobby and Peter Farrelly, is pretty much exactly what audiences have come to expect from the duo: completely unrealistic characters doing completely uproarious things.

    Ben Stiller plays Eddie, a male version of “”always a bridesmaid, never a bride.”” While at his former fiancǸ’s wedding, he gets a bit of a reality check regarding his fear of commitment and his slowly ticking biological clock. Shortly after the wedding, Eddie meets Lila (Malin Akerman), a seemingly perfect girl, and the two end up getting married after only six weeks.

    Lila, Eddie quickly learns, is far from perfect. Imagine a stereotypical blond bimbo with a fetish for insane sex positions and a disgusting tendency to shoot things (solid, liquid or otherwise) out of her nose. Then imagine that her “”job”” is a volunteer position. Finally, imagine she’s your wife. Cue freak-out.

    “”The Heartbreak Kid”” is everything a comedy should be: deliciously awkward, cleverly absurd and sympathetic enough for there to be some sort of connection with the characters.

    Some of the character quirks are so absurd it is impossible to grasp them while still being in touch with reality.

    I suppose that’s the beauty of the Farrelly brothers’ movies: they’re so easy to laugh at because they’re almost completely unfeasible. The characters are seen as members of some alternate reality populated by extreme morons (“”Dumb and Dumber””), Mensa midgets (“”Me, Myself & Irene””) and Siamese twins (“”Stuck on You””). “”The Heartbreak Kid”” is no different; Lila’s ridiculous foibles, while they provide a majority of the film’s humor, are completely over the top and unreal.

    That being said, I realize that not all films are obligated to have a basis in reality. Indeed, many of the greatest comedies of all time are movies that are funny because they are so ridiculous. “”The Heartbreak Kid”” is a little different from most Farrelly brother movies in that it is trying to make Eddie into a sympathetic character. While Lila is busy being neurotic, Eddie is busy falling in love with another woman he meets on his honeymoon in Cabo.

    The abnormal amount of absurdity overshadows the love story subplot.

    Absurdity isn’t bad in and of itself; in fact, it’s what the Farrelly brothers do best. But absurdity and romance aren’t exactly a good combination.

    Having a completely raunchy movie with crazy antics from equally crazy characters is fine, as is a well-developed love story. Mixing the two together results in confusion and disappointment. If only the Farrelly brothers had chosen to stick with one aspect (absurdity or romance), the movie would have been excellent instead of just average.

    Quality aside, though, “”The Heartbreak Kid”” is very entertaining and extremely funny, especially for fans of the Farrellys.

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