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THE HEARTBREAK KID
January 30, 2015  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

What a behind-the-scenes comedy powerhouse was at work here, for this 1972 dark comedy character study. Bruce Jay Friedman wrote the story, Neil Simon wrote the screenplay, and Elaine May directed it. That’s about as potent as it gets, comedy-wise – and on screen, everything works, too. It’s the story of a young Jewish man who becomes smitten with a beautiful young blonde from the Midwest – but it’s poor timing, because he meets her while on his honeymoon to someone else. Jeannie Berlin plays the someone else, Charles Grodin plays the conflicted newlywed, and the object of his fantasies is played by – wait for it – Cybill Shepherd.

 
 
 
 
 
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