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Plot Overview

Play ballBay City Sports store owner Eddie Cantrow (Ben Stiller) is coaching a colored boy on the store's demo pitching machine. He tells him not to swing at the first pitch ("Every­body wants to hit homers.") He should wait for one that's down the middle ("A walk's as good as a hit.") His father Doc (Jerry Stiller) counter­mands him, telling the kid to swing. He does, hitting it a good one. Our eye tracks the ball, past the net to alight on a pretty customer Lila (Malin Åkerman) standing by.

box turtleEddie had met her at the laundromat on Valentine's Day, but he'd failed to "get her digits." With a little push from his dad, he takes up their acquaintance and in six weeks they're sizzling. Rather than lose her to an over­seas trans­fer, he marries her on the advice of his best buddy Mac (Rob Corddry.) In a motel room on their honey­moon they find they have different sex experience and needs. She wants to do the inverted cork­screw but he's into the missionary position.

groceriesArriving in Cabos, Mexico he rents a porn video-tape from service desk manager Uncle Tito (Carlos Mencia) with arrangement to have more sent up to their room ("Perfecto! You will have a fun night tonight.") Some out-of-town partiers turn him on to a local favorite tequila drink. Lila gets sun­burned the next day and being confined to their room tells Eddie, "Why don't you go explore Mexico or some­thing?" He does and stumbles onto a porn show. I'm not saying they'll get all the kinks out of their relation­ship by the movie's end, but if the censors aren't on the ball, there's an extra scene slipped in among the end credits where Lila is finally satisfied. I won't give it away, but check out the large carrot on the night­stand. Don't try this at home, kiddies.


Eddie had started out with lip service to playing the field ("I'm just kinda dating a little right now.") Researcher Paul H. Landis writes In Defense of Dating:

It is quite logical to believe that some kind of dating is necessary to the development of the judgment and pair interaction that is at the root of real objectivity in mate selection. Those who have dated more than one person have a chance to compare and to learn some of the usual behavior patterns of members of the opposite sex. They learn to distinguish between those whose person­alities seem to promise a durable compatibility and those whose personalities obviously do not. Dating is an explor­atory experience through which young people learn. In most circles today, there­fore, it is considered desirable that young people "circulate" rather than "go steady" from the beginning, that some variety of dating experi­ence is favorable to ultimate mate choice. The girl who is considered desirable as a date by a number of fellows is presumed to be the one most likely to be sought after in marriage. (223)

Lila concedes that she's not a virgin but has learned that, "Sleeping together too soon can ruin a relation­ship." That was not their problem though it would have been a moot point had they been virgins and learned sex together starting on their wedding day. Eddie had been floundering in the field he was supposedly playing. He accumulated a five-year laundry list of objections to his earlier fiancée Jodi before breaking up with her, missing five years of learning opportunities with other broads. Then on the rebound he tried to hit a homer with Lila rather than let her walk. There are other fish in the sea.

He was living in San Francisco a city filled with eligible women. He owned a sports emporium where he'd meet oodles of them, all fit as a fiddle. He strolled around his neighbor­hood regularly. He had friends. He had a social life. And further­more he was not in a hurry.

It was external influences that tried to hurry him along. Mac extolled marriage ("Happy wife, happy life.") So did his dad ("You refuse to get married, yet you don't really enjoy the fruits of bachelor life.") And the immature singles at the wedding he attended kept taunting him seated alone for supposedly being gay. These external pressures would be best eased up on per, (Song 8:4) "I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please."

As a last resort Eddie could have learned by looking at Lila's corpulent mother—arriving late at their wedding—to see how his bride would look some years down the road. The mom was scary and Lila not likely to roll far from that tree. (Song 8:5) "Who is this that cometh up from the wilder­ness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee." Contrast her with Jodi who's "got the kinda looks that are gonna last. Look at her mom. What a cougar!"

WelcomeEnjoying the tourist destination in Mexico Eddie joined a party of "Jimmy Carter rednecks." They brought out the inner redneck in him and featured a couple who went down there yearly to renew their vows. We get a major education about redneck love. (Song 8:6) "Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame." Love being "strong as death" was like that in a Matt Rees thriller: "Could be better to be dead than to have your wife say you're dead to her" (59). An earlier version of "Kid" did indeed feature a conflict between Jews and Gentiles where a Jewish family might consider a member dead to them if she married a Goy. Here, though, it was a case of destroyed papers and an American citizen stranded in Mexico apart from his true love in the USA.

(Song of Solomon 8:7) "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned." Here we encounter a business sacrifice for love and a water rescue.

Production Values

"" (2007) is a remake of the 1972 comedy, "The Heartbreak Kid," which itself was derived from the Italian film, "Luna di miele in tre." They come from a stage play by Neil Simon. Bruce Jay Friedman wrote its original story. This one was directed by brothers Bob Farrelly and Peter Farrelly. Its screen­play was written by Leslie Dixon, Scot Armstrong, the two Farrelly brothers and Kevin Barnett. It stars Ben Stiller, Jerry Stiller (Ben's real life father), Malin Åkerman, Michelle Monaghan, Carlos Mencia, Rob Corrdry, and Danny McBride. Ben Stiller was awe­some. All the actors were picture perfect and the leads worked well together.

MPAA rated it R for strong sexual content, crude humor and language. Its music was pervasive—as part of the humor. The mariachi musicians were repetitive—as part of the humor. The whale statues in the Mexican fountain and the Confederate soldier statue north of the border are threatened species. For that matter this movie is a rare gem but unlikely to set a trend. It was filmed in Santa Clarita, California, USA, Los Cabos, Mexico and elsewhere. Camera tricks were seamless. The big boobs in the hot tub were real.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

This movie is unlikely to appeal to a straight arrow, but the underlying message to be cautious in mate selection is stronger for witnessing the troubles a hasty choice caused the morally flexible. It would be much worse for some­one whose morals are set in stone. The redneck humor was out­rageous and some­times they weren't joking. I found it so funny I could hardly stand it. But that's just me. A word to the wise.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Decent action scenes. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Well done special effects. Video Occasion: Good for Groups of Guys. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Five stars out of five.

Works Cited

Scripture quotations from the Authorized King James Version. Pub. 1611, rev. 1769. Software.

Landis, Paul H. Making the Most of Marriage. New York: Meredith Publishing, 1965. Print.

Rees, Matt. China Strike. Copyright © 2017 by Matt Rees. New York: Crooked Lane Books, 2017. Print.