Jonathan Yu's 27th and 31st movie of the year

A mother (Sigourney Weaver) and daughter (Jennifer Love Hewitt) con team seduce and scam wealthy men. Director David Mirkin is a funny guy. He works on The Simpsons. Why, then, are his movies so unsatisfying? Like Romy And Michelle's High School Reunion, Mirkin's previous effort, Heartbreakers can be really funny at times, but it can also be downright cheesy, especially when it focuses on the relationship between bad girl Hewitt (oh, those short dresses!) and good boy Jason Lee. If anything, see the movie for its supporting actors. I mean, Gene Hackman's character is probably the latest reason to quit smoking and Ray Liotta is more amusing here than he was in Hannibal. Yes, Heartbreakers was better than I expected. However, it could have been a whole lot better. • B-

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