Heartbreaker is a Hollywood rom-com of the most conventional sort, except it’s better because it’s French. The bulk of the plot takes place in picturesque Monaco, which undoubtedly heightens the sense of romance. Indeed, the two protagonists Alex (Duris) and Juliette(Paradis) could have carried this movie off based on their strapping good looks alone. Yet, their acting ability has a rawness and authenticity which would melt the hearts of any hopeless romantic.
Alex plays a man who breaks up couples for a living. He is a chameleon who can be anyone he wants, as long as he is his target's ideal hunk (which believe me is the least of his worries). A seducer with morals - he gives the woman enough hope and self-confidence to finally leave her unhappy relationship without leading her to believe she will end up with him, the heartbreaker. But then again all is fair in love and war, right?
On one of his most intricate missions to date Alex’s unblemished record is put to the test. He is accompanied by his sister (Ferrier) and her husband on an endeavour to break up beautiful Juliette and her seemingly perfect fiancé (Lincoln). In the beat of a heart the conning trio begin to bend their two rules: Never split a healthy couple up, and never fall in love, leaving the vulnerable heartbreaker in a sticky situation.
Alex who is massively in debt through his own lavish spending on the business is pressured into putting aside his honourable principles. But is the cost of love too high a price to pay?
With only 24 hours to sabotage the wedding, we are introduced to some of the standard rom-com traps. The romantic late night meal for two in a closed restaurant, followed by a re-enactment of the infamous 'Dirty Dancing' closing scene and a couple of scenic cliff drives along the way for good measure. There are also a few issues with story and character motivations, as no explanation was offered as to why the father paid the heartbreakers to interfere with the marriage.
Yet, the chemistry between Alex and Juliette is so intense, and the gags are tastefully placed, that you almost excuse its problems. The only heart that appears to be breaking is that of US directors who have hopped on the love train to buy the rights of this movie.