The day after viewing this film I listened to a lecture on the biblical book of Proverbs. And lo and behold, in Proverbs there are three women who fulfill similar roles.

-Review by David Bruce


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Directed by David Mirkin
Written by Robert Dunn, Stephen Mazur and Paul Guay

Sigourney Weaver .... Max Jennifer
Love Hewitt .... Page
Ray Liotta .... Dean Cumanno
Jason Lee .... Jack Jeffrey Jones
Gene Hackman .... William B. Tensy
Anne Bancroft

Produced by John Davis (producer), Irving Ong (producer), Hadeel Reda (executive producer), Gary Smith (executive producer), Richard Stenta (line producer), Clayton Townsend (executive producer)
Original music by John Debney and Danny Elfman (theme music)
Cinematography by Dean Semler
Film Editing by William Steinkamp

Rated PG-13 for sex-related content including dialogue.
Theatrical Release Mar 23, 2001

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Max (Sigourney Weaver) and Page (Jennifer Love Hewitt) are a brilliant mother/daughter con team who have their grift down to a fine science. Max targets wealthy, willing men who fall prey to her beauty and charm, and marries them. The equally gorgeous Page then seduces them. Max catches her wayward husbands in the act. Then it's off to divorce court with the hapless men losing much more than their shirts and on to the next scam, with Max and Page posing in a variety of cons to keep one (or two) steps ahead of the law.
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Review by David Bruce
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There are three women in this story. One wise woman (Anne Bancroft) and two seductive women (Sigourney Weaver and Love Hewitt). The day after viewing this film I listened to a lecture on the biblical book of Proverbs. And lo and behold, in Proverbs there are three women who fulfill similar roles. I thought it would be interesting to tie the film together with this ancient Jewish wisdom. It works.

Well, it works almost. The Lady Wisdom of scripture is not shady like the Bancroff character is. Nonetheless she is the wise woman in the film.

The Proverbs were written over 2,500 years ago. Is there anything new under the sun? I have used the Message Translation of the Bible, of course.

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Click to enlargeProverbs 5:3-20 -Message Translation
The lips of a seductive woman are oh so sweet, her soft words are oh so smooth. But it won't be long before she's gravel in your mouth, a pain in your gut, a wound in your heart. She's dancing down the primrose path to Death; she's headed straight for Hell and taking you with her. Click to enlarge

She hasn't a clue about Real Life, about who she is or where she's going. So, my friend, listen closely; don't treat my words casually. Keep your distance from such a woman; absolutely stay out of her neighborhood. Click to enlargeYou don't want to squander your wonderful life, to waste your precious life among the hardhearted.

Why should you allow strangers to take advantage of you? Why be exploited by those who care nothing for you? You don't want to end your life full of regrets, nothing but sin and bones, Saying, "Oh, why didn't I do what they told me? Click to enlargeWhy did I reject a disciplined life? Why didn't I listen to my mentors, or take my teachers seriously? My life is ruined! I haven't one blessed thing to show for my life!"

Do you know the saying, "Drink from your own rain barrel, draw water from your own spring-fed well"?

It's true. Otherwise, you may one day come home and find your barrel empty and your well polluted. Your spring water is for you and you only, not to be passed around among strangers.Click to enlarge

Bless your fresh-flowing fountain! Enjoy the wife you married as a young man! Lovely as an angel, beautiful as a rose? don't ever quit taking delight in her body. Never take her love for granted! Why would you trade enduring intimacies for cheap thrills with a whore? for dalliance with a promiscuous stranger?


Click to enlargeProverbs 7:4-27 -Message Translation
Talk to Wisdom as to a sister. Treat Insight as your companion. They'll be with you to fend off the Temptress? that smooth-talking, honey-tongued Seductress.

As I stood at the window of my house looking out through the shutters, Watching the mindless crowd stroll by, I spotted a young man without any sense Arriving at the corner of the street where she lived, then turning up the path to her house.Click to enlarge It was dusk, the evening coming on, the darkness thickening into night. Just then, a woman met him? she'd been lying in wait for him, dressed to seduce him. Brazen and brash she was, restless and roaming, never at home, Walking the streets, loitering in the mall, hanging out at every corner in town. She threw her arms around him and kissed him, boldly took his arm and said, "I've got all the makings for a feast? Click to enlargetoday I made my offerings, my vows are all paid, So now I've come to find you, hoping to catch sight of your face?and here you are! I've spread fresh, clean sheets on my bed, colorful imported linens. My bed is aromatic with spices and exotic fragrances. Come, let's make love all night, spend the night in ecstatic lovemaking! My husband's not home; he's away on business, and he won't be back for a month." Click to enlarge

Soon she has him eating out of her hand, bewitched by her honeyed speech. Before you know it, he's trotting behind her, like a calf led to the butcher shop, Like a stag lured into ambush and then shot with an arrow, Like a bird flying into a net not knowing that its flying life is over.

Click to enlargeSo, friends, listen to me, take these words of mine most seriously. Don't fool around with a woman like that; don't even stroll through her neighborhood. Countless victims come under her spell; she's the death of many a poor man. She runs a halfway house to hell, fits you out with a shroud and a coffin.

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Click to enlargeProverbs 8:1-36 -Message Translation
Do you hear Lady Wisdom calling? Can you hear Madame Insight raising her voice? She's taken her stand at First and Main, at the busiest intersection. Right in the city square where the traffic is thickest, she shouts, "You?I'm talking to all of you, everyone out here on the streets! Listen, you idiots?learn good sense! You blockheads?shape up! Don't miss a word of this?I'm telling you how to live well, I'm telling you how to live at your best. My mouth chews and savors and relishes truth? I can't stand the taste of evil! You'll only hear true and right words from my mouth; not one syllable will be twisted or skewed. You'll recognize this as true?you with open minds; truth-ready minds will see it at once. Prefer my life-disciplines over chasing after money, and God-knowledge over a lucrative career.

For Wisdom is better than all the trappings of wealth; nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her.Click to enlarge "I am Lady Wisdom, and I live next to Sanity; Knowledge and Discretion live just down the street. The Fear-of-God means hating Evil, whose ways I hate with a passion? pride and arrogance and crooked talk. Good counsel and common sense are my characteristics; I am both Insight and the Virtue to live it out. With my help, leaders rule, and lawmakers legislate fairly; With my help, governors govern, along with all in legitimate authority.

I love those who love me; those who look for me find me. Wealth and Glory accompany me? also substantial Honor and a Good Name. My benefits are worth more than a big salary, even a very big salary; the returns on me exceed any imaginable bonus. You can find me on Righteous Road?that's where I walk? at the intersection of Justice Avenue, Handing out life to those who love me, filling their arms with life?armloads of life! "God sovereignly made me?the first, the basic? before he did anything else.

I was brought into being a long time ago, well before Earth got its start. I arrived on the scene before Ocean, yes, even before Springs and Rivers and Lakes. Before Mountains were sculpted and Hills took shape, I was already there, newborn; Long before God stretched out Earth's Horizons, and tended to the minute details of Soil and Weather, And set Sky firmly in place, I was there. When he mapped and gave borders to wild Ocean, built the vast vault of Heaven, and installed the fountains that fed Ocean, When he drew a boundary for Sea, posted a sign that said, no trespassing, And then staked out Earth's foundations, I was right there with him, making sure everything fit. Day after day I was there, with my joyful applause, always enjoying his company, Delighted with the world of things and creatures, happily celebrating the human family.

"So, my dear friends, listen carefully; those who embrace these my ways are most blessed. Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don't squander your precious life. Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me, awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day's work. When you find me, you find life, real life, to say nothing of God's good pleasure. But if you wrong me, you damage your very soul; when you reject me, you're flirting with death."

Subject: Heart Breakers
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2001
From: "Greg

The Orthodox Church in the movie was nothing more than a set. The tidbit of a ceremony shown in the movie was not Orthodox -- there are no individual vows in an Orthodox wedding service. Also, the choir was singing "Ave Maria" in Latin, and this is very unlikely in an Orthodox Church. I'm sure they just picked the church because it appeared "grand." Another possibility -- it could be an Eastern Rite Catholic Church.

Subject: Heartbreakers Church
Date: Sat, 19 May 2001
From: Tom

Good point, Ben, though in films marriages are almost always either in a synagogue or a Catholic church. Protestantism for filmakers seems to be relugated to the domain of fanatic Bible-thumpers, hypocrites, or, positively, black gospel choirs. But I agree it was interesting to see something different out of Hollywood.

Subject: Intersting Church Choice
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001
From: Ben

Interesting tidbit: The opening scene depicts a marriage inside an Orthodox Christian church, complete with iconostasis and balcony chanters. What an unsual choice considering most people wouldn't recognize it as such (wasn't mentioned in dialogue) and that the film was set in America where Christianity is generally thought of in terms of Protestant/Catholic.

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