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Heartbreakers

A CAPER and the extent to which women can con men and twist them round their little fingers are rather honestly portrayed in MGM, Winchester Films' ``Heartbreakers." In the lighter vein, this one is for chuckles and not to be taken very seriously!

Beautiful and extremely charming, Max (Sigourney Weaver) is irresistible to men especially when she dons the kind of clothes they cannot see beyond their lust. And she is also making a living out of conning rich guys, marrying them for a day, divorcing them for huge settlement money when they are caught in compromising situations brought upon cunningly by her. Of course the plans wouldn't work without an accomplice and who better to do that than her gorgeous daughter Page (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Her job other than looking incredibly attractive is to manoeuvre the poor sod into, well, a position of embarrassment!

Their con games are rather hilarious - especially when they want to dine in swank restaurants and don't want to pay, or check into equally suave hotels without having the money to pay for the room, a suite if you please! While they are at it having swindled a mafia type Dean (Ray Liotta) they flee to the hot bed of the rich, Palm Beach, to check out another wealthy man preferably on his way out of his life.

And they set their sights on William B Tensy (Gene Hackman), billionaire with a shattering cough which surfaces at all inappropriate moments - a result of years of smoking his own manufactured cigarettes. Page is not happy being part of deal - the geriatric William and the fact that she would like to work independently. She meets Jack (Jason Lee) seemingly a bartender with modest means. Things don't work to plan and many complications arise - on the heart front and from then on begins the true adventure - something both have been avoiding all these years!

Directed by David Mirkin, a three-time Emmy award winner the film is frothy - it has Anne Bancroft, Nora Dunn, Jeffrey Jones among others - all in bit roles but very funny!

CHITRA MAHESH

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