The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
First screened in May 2016
Director: Elaine May. Cast: Charles Grodin, Cybill Shepherd, Jeannie Berlin, Eddie Albert, Audra Lindley, Mitchell Jason, Doris Roberts, William Prince, Augusta Dabney, Jack Hausman, Marilyn Putnam. Screenplay: Neil Simon (based on the story "A Change of Plan" by Bruce Jay Friedman).

Twitter Capsule: May's pitiless spin on Neil Simon story is admirably unexpected but broad in its own way. Better in retrospect.

VOR:   The tonal experiment, less an artistic choice than a statement of worldview, is very interesting, even if the movie doesn't persuade you scene by scene. And it persuades many.

Photo © 1972 20th Century Fox/Palomar Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Jeannie Berlin
Best Supporting Actor: Eddie Albert

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): Charles Grodin
Best Supporting Actress: Jeannie Berlin
Best Screenplay: Neil Simon

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Supporting Actress (Berlin)
National Society of Film Critics: Best Supporting Actress (Berlin); Best Supporting Actor (Albert; tie)

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