Movie review: "Heartbreaker"

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Unfortunately, it will come as no surprise that an American film production company has already bought the remake rights to director Pascal Chaumeil's "Heartbreaker."

The cute French film will play like a rom-com version of "Ocean's Eleven," just with someone like Kate Hudson playing the role of Danny Ocean.

The original "Heartbreaker," however, is a delicious little trifle of a film, a brilliant piece of escapist fare.

Perhaps best known for romancing Audrey Tautou in "L'auberge espagnole," Romain Duris plays Alex, the point man for a business that specializes in breaking up troubled romances. Alex gets paid by family and friends to seduce - but never sleep with - women who fail to see their own romantic unhappiness.

His latest assignment is to stop the upcoming wedding of Juliette (Vanessa Paradis, sporting a Hutton-esque gap in her teeth), although it seems like she's dating the perfect guy.

The predictability of the film's overall narrative can get stale, but Duris and Paradis make the (fictional) romance seem effortless and natural.

The film's biggest weakness may be its obsession with American pop culture. The soundtrack features Dusty Springfield and George Michael hits, and there's a painful attempt to recreate the famous dance sequence from "Dirty Dancing."


Opens Friday at the Drexel

3 stars out of 4