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Heartbreaker (2010)

Romain Duris , Vanessa Paradis , Pascal Chaumeil  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis
  • Directors: Pascal Chaumeil
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004B3254Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,472 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In a frothy, sexy feature The Huffington Post called an effervescent delight, Alex (Romain Duris of The Beat That My Heart Skipped) is a romantic for hire. If your daughter or sister or friend is falling for the wrong man, Alex will get her to fall for him, watch her dump the loser...and then break her heart by walking away. She ll be sad but wiser and lucky to have avoided a bad relationship. It s a highly profitable business with one rule: don t fall in love. When Alex is hired to woo Juliette (Vanessa Paradis of Girl On The Bridge), he breaks her heart...and his own rule. Starring two of the most beautiful actors in the world, Heartbreaker is the perfect date movie with a sweetly hilarious, Dirty Dancing-inspired finale that you ll never forget.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine French Fluff November 16, 2010
HEARTBREAKER ('L'ARNACOEUR') is a delightful bit of French fluff, created as only the French know how. There are 'quotes' from certain films and songs that mix the two main characters together and add to the meringue of the farce. Based on a light story by Laurent Zeitoun, Jeremy Doner, and Yhan Gromb and directed with a fine sense of comic timing by Pascal Chaumeil, this is one of those examples of the farces the French do so well.

Alex Lipp (Romain Duris), his sister Mélanie (Julie Ferrier) and her husband Marc (François Damiens) run a little business: they coordinate efforts to breakup undesired relationships for pay. After a few examples of how the trio works its magic, an assignment takes them to Monaco where they are hired to stop the marriage between Juliette Van Der Becq (Vanessa Paradis) and her wealthy humanitarian fiancé Jonathan Alcott (Andrew Lincoln) - in 10 days time! Alex is avoiding previous client debts represented by a bodyguard Goran (Jean-Marie Paris) but plunges into the formula courtship destruction mode with Juliette; the difference this time is that Juliette seems happily ensconced in the marriage plans and has little time for Alex's plans. But of course through the period of time allotted, Juliette finds qualities in Alex that are missing from her 'perfect' fiancé and Alex breaks his cardinal rule and falls in love with his marked client Juliette. The manner in which the story is resolved is clever and entertaining and heartwarming.

This may not be a great movie but it is a well-acted refreshing little romp to cleanse the palette! In French and English with subtitles. Grady Harp, November 10
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
There have been a lot of romantic comedies about prostitutes and gigolos, but "Heartbreaker" (L'arnacoeur) puts a new twist on the lover-for-hire theme. Alex (Romain Duris) specializes in breaking up relationships. With the aid of his sister Mélanie (Julie Ferrier) and brother-in-law Marc (François Damiers), Alex saves women from unhappy relationships by seducing the ladies away from their beaus. He's a pro. And he owes people money. So, when a rich flower magnate hires him to break up his daughter Juliette's (Vanessa Paradis) engagement to a very nice, affluent British man (Andrew Lincoln), Alex accepts. But this case presents some problems: The couple are genuinely happy and well-suited. And Alex is smitten with Juliette.

Most of the movie takes place in Monte Carlo, where the bride is planning her wedding and Alex is attempting to be a convincing bodyguard. Since Juliette is being manipulated, she is the straight man. Her dilemma seems real. Many of the laugh-out-loud moments are thanks to the antics of Mélanie and Marc. Their little team is much too high-tech for such a ramshackle operation, but that's the kind of suspension of disbelief that comedies can get away with. I think there should be a rule that romantic comedies not run longer than 90 minutes, and this one runs 105, but it's fun and makes good use of the new twist on an old theme. The only bonus features on the DVD (MPI 2011) are a trailer (2 ½ min) and a TV spot (30 sec). Subtitles are available in English SDH, English, and Spanish.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Man Who Breaks Hearts...Even His Own January 26, 2011
Alex Lippi (Romain Duris) has an odd occupation. He gets paid to break up relationships. Assisted by his sister Melanie (Julie Ferrier) and her husband Marc (Francois Damiens). Together, they construct elaborate schemes aimed toward getting the women to recognize their own doubts about their relationships.

The team employ an intricate strategy, gathering extensive intelligence on their targets before they put their plans into action. There are also rules. The team will not break up a happy couple. This presents a problem when Alex agrees to take up a challenge named Juliette (Vanessa Paradis). Heavily in debt and faced with a moral dilemma, Alex complicates matters by falling in love with his target.

The film had great dialogue and well developed characters. The comedy was subtle, but fresh. While the plot was predictable, I enjoyed watching it develop. The ridiculous schemes that this team hatches makes for some interesting interactions and sets the foundation for some great situational comedy. It is a light, fun and unique story.

While it is predictable at times, the situations offer some unique opportunities for fresh humor. Strong dialogue, good character development and a skilled cast give life to an excellent screenplay.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Love Love This Movie! Watch it over and over! November 19, 2013
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I love love love this movie! Good story and great acting. I felt there was truly a connection between the characters!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Great movie! Witty, smart, fun entertainment with a fun ending and a few lighthearted twists .Bring out the chocolates and wine !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite movie! October 5, 2013
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I love this movie, although if you don't like sub titles it's not for you. It's a hilarious, romantic comedy and it's my favorite. I've watched it 5 times already!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Extremely entertaining. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We both realized within a few minutes that we were almost forgot we were reading the sub-titles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romain Duris Peut Bien Sur Etre A ArnaCouer June 29, 2013
By Ryan
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This is my all time favorite Romain Duris movie and this is also my all time favorite French comedy ever made! My favorite thing about the DVD release is the audio quality because everytime when a rock and roll song or rap song would come on, it would sound like a radio is on with really lound speakers that are turned all the way up! My two favorite songs throughout the whole the film is America by K'naan and The Joker by The Steve Miller Band!

The whole point of the film is this guy Alex Lippi (Romain Duris) who breaks up bad relationships. So, he finds this couple (Vanessa Paradis, Andrew Lincoln) that are about to get married 10 days and he turns out to be the bodyguard for Juliette (Vanessa Paradis) and they start to like each other before Alex breaks them up!

This is a really good movie I mean REALLY, REALLY good movie for everyone but it's not rated when it should be rated PG-13 for langauge but the langauge is in the subtitles but the langauge is not strong!

When will IFC pictures put "Heartbreaker" on bluray in America?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible movie.
This movie was boring and unbelievable. The plot is tired, cliche, predictable. I didn't care about the characters at all. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this movie, very funny!
Published 1 month ago by J. Yermian
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Hilarious and fun. Great escape.
Published 1 month ago by Kattai
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny sweet very French. I loved it
Published 2 months ago by MaryElizabeth Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very funny and original.
Very very funny!! One of the best movies ever!
Excellent!!! Great script even with subtitles!!
Published 3 months ago by Song weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have Amazon prime try out this french film, if not preview and...
This movie was so entertaining that the subtitles did not stop me from enjoying it. A part of Amazon prime, I have watched it 3 times and appreciated the film even more. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
pretty good, hard to understand, not in English!
Published 3 months ago by patricia kinch
2.0 out of 5 stars More heartburn than heart breaker.
Glad in was free because it was not worth paying for. The only reason to watch this frivolous flick were the settings.
Published 4 months ago by Maid Marion
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and cute!
Was in the mood for a rom com and this was it. Hilarious, cute, and I love any chance to practice my French :)
Published 5 months ago by Gracia Vargas
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
This movie was very good, with very good acting. If you can deal with the subtitles, and the fact that not all the humor is translated entirely (almost impossible to do due to the... Read more
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