The Heartbreak Kid
(D: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, 107 min)
The remake trend continues this week with an updated version of Bruce Jay Friedman's story about a newlywed man who falls for another woman on his honeymoon. The original, starring Charles Grodin, Jeannie Berlin (Elaine May's daughter) and Cybill Shepherd as the shiksa wet dream, was incredibly misogynistic, not to mention anti-Semitic. (Can anyone forget Berlin, sunburnt and whining?)
The remake looks a bit more politically correct. Ben Stiller's more of a clown than the smug Grodin, and Toronto's own Malin Akerman (Juna in HBO's cancelled The Comeback) plays his wife, while the other woman is played by the refreshingly down-to-earth Michelle Monaghan.
From trailers it looks like the sunburn scene remains intact. Guess dermatological disasters are always good for a laugh.
The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
(D: David L. Cunningham, 94 min)
Here's the first film adaptation of Susan Cooper's fantasy series about a young boy (Drew Tyler Bell) who learns he's the last in a line of immortal warriors whose job it is to battle the forces of evil.
Between sword fights, look for thesps Ian McShane, Frances Conroy and Wendy Crewson.
Feel The Noise
(D: Alejandro Chomski, 87 min)
An aspiring New York rapper (Omarion Grandberry) flees to Puerto Rico, where he discovers reggaeton, a fusion of reggae, hiphop and Latin styles. Fame, women and one kick-ass concert climax ensue.
All three films open Friday (October 5). Screened after press time - see reviews of Heartbreak and The Seeker October 5 and Feel The Noise October 8 at www.nowtoronto.com/film.