The Heartbreak Kid (1972) Directed by Elaine May. Screenplay by Neil Simon. Cybill Shepherd as Kelly Corcoran and Charles Grodin as Lenny Cantrow.

Lenny: Here’s the deal. The marriage is off. It was just one of those dumb things I rushed into like joining the army, except this time I’m not gonna wait around three years to get out. I had my doubts in Virginia, I was pretty sure in Georgia, you have really settled things for me in Florida. I’ve been waiting for a girl like you all my life. I just timed it wrong. Here’s the plan. I’m definitely getting out. I just have to figure a way to let her down easy. It kinda complicates things this being our honeymoon and everything.

7 Responses to “The Heartbreak Kid (1972) – Happy 80th Birthday, Elaine May”

  1. Grodin was the patron saint of a-holes in this.

    I loved May in Lovers and Other Strangers — she can say the word “s _ _ _ head” better than anyone I know.

  2. I never saw the remake, but i can’t imagine anyone but Grodin pulling this role off quite the same way.

    I have never seen Lovers and Other Strangers.

  3. Another film fondly remembered from my college newspaper days, and one that I long admired, though Grodin’s antics really were heart-breaking, and left you in tears for Jeannie Berlin. Eddie Albert was terrific too as the world-wise father who knew from the start that Grodin was a crock of bullshit. Shepherd of course was at her ravishing peak in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW days. Definitely an excellent choice for your quotes series.

  4. I didn’t know until I rewatched this that Jeannie Berlin is Elaine May’s daughter. Did anyone see the remake?

  5. I didn’t see the remake — but just realized that Berlin was in Margaret — I don’t recall her in it

  6. She played the woman who was trying to help Margaret out, but ultimately kind of raked her over the coals for being a narcissistic little teenager.

  7. Ohhhhhhhh — I’d been wondering who that was – she seemed like a vet but I didn’t place her face

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