Cinema: Impossible Dream

THE HEARTBREAK KID

Directed by ELAINE MAY

Screenplay by NEIL SIMON

This is an eccentrically funny movie, often cutting and poignant at the same time. It suffers from miscalculations and the kind of dizzy errors that might have leveled another undertaking; but Elaine May, both as a film maker (A New Leaf) and a performer, is someone from whom we have come to expect a kind of carefree inconsistency. By now it is part of her appeal. She veers effectively, if not exactly smoothly, through wild changes of mood and attitude, from very human comedy to sharp satire to a sort of urchin...

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