Heartbreakers: Murray Close
EW Staff
February 12, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Heartbreakers

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
124 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/23/01
performer
Gene Hackman, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Bancroft, Nora Dunn, Jeffrey Jones, Jason Lee, Ray Liotta, Sarah Silverman
director
David Mirkin
Producers
Davis Entertainment, United Artists (MGM)
distributor
United Artists (MGM)
author
Robert Dunn, Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C+

When the actress who brought acid dripping extraterrestrials to their scaly knees in the ”Alien” films describes her latest character as ”ruthless and immoral,” you know she’s not pussyfooting around. In their latest, Weaver and Hewitt play a mother and daughter who love men and leave ’em, fleecing them out of quite a few bucks in between. Mirkin, who directed another comedy about two quirky gals, 1997’s ”Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion,” promises, ”These women are even stranger and darker.”

There was, however, one plot point Weaver thought might be too difficult to pull off: Finding the mark played by Hackman worthy of disdain. ”I thought, I worship him, how am I going to think he’s repulsive?” says the actress. ”But he was brilliant. He would smoke and try to kiss me at the same time. He was just… blecch.” When asked how she could defend her character’s unscrupulous behavior, Weaver chooses to focus on the positive. ”We’re not greedy,” she says, ”we just have needs — like every girl.”

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