Los Angeles, CA – September 28, 2007… A MINI Cooper Cabrio will kick-off the Fall movie season as the featured automobile in one of this season’s most anticipated comedies, “The Heartbreak Kid.”
The new DreamWorks Pictures film from Bobby and Peter Farrelly opens nationwide October 5th with an all star cast that includes: Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Jerry Stiller, and Malin Akerman.
Ben Stiller plays eternal bachelor Eddie, who falls head over heels in love with the beautiful Lila (Malin Akerman) and marries at top speed. The newlyweds quickly set off to sunny Mexico in their MINI Cabrio. But even on the journey, the would-be dream woman turns out, in typical Farrelly manner, to be a real nightmare – brazen, embarrassing, singing along with every radio hit and absolutely hopeless at math. Eddie’s only shimmer of hope is the pretty Miranda (Michelle Monaghan), whom he unfortunately meets only after he has said “I do” to Lila.
Even if the fun of the honeymoon trip is spoiled for Eddie, the fun of driving a MINI – in the right company – can hardly be beaten. Uwe Dreher, Brand Management MINI, is certain: “Basically, the driving pleasure in a MINI is hard to represent in a print ad. Placement in high-quality films, as the Farrelly brothers have proved once again with their current film, offers us the unique opportunity to show people how much fun MINI is and how unique the MINI specific go-kart-feeling really is.”
Additionally, the MINI Cabrio from the film appeared on the red carpet for the World Premiere in Los Angeles on September 27th. Celebrities had the opportunity to experience the original MINI Cabrio from the film as they walk down the red carpet.
MINI’s appearance in the film and at the premiere are all part of a strategic promotional partnership between DreamWorks Pictures and the automaker. The promotion incorporates the trailer on the MINI website, www.MINI.com/heartbreak-kid, in conjunction with an online sweepstakes. MINI is starting a competition offering exactly the same honeymoon trip as in the film as its 1st-3rd prizes.
The winners will drive, in the original MINI Cabrio in Hyper Blue from the film, from California to sunny Cabo San Lucas, including hotel accommodation for two people. However, first they have to prove themselves in the kind of situations that Ben Stiller, aka Eddie, had to face. Other prizes include original Onitsuka Tiger shoes – the lifestyle shoe brand in the film.
DreamWorks Pictures Presents A Radar Pictures/Davis Entertainment Company/Conundrum Entertainment Production “The Heartbreak Kid” starring Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Malin Akerman, Jerry Stiller, Rob Corddry, Carlos Mencia, Scott Wilson and Danny McBride.
The film is directed by Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly from a screenplay by Scot Armstrong and Leslie Dixon and Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly & Kevin Barnett. Based on the screenplay by Neil Simon. Based on the short story A Change of Plan by Bruce Jay Friedman.
The producers are Ted Field and Bradley Thomas. The executive producers are Marc S. Fischer, John Davis, Joe Rosenberg and Charles B. Wessler. The co-producers are Tony Lord and Matthew Weaver. The director of photography is Matthew F. Leonetti, ASC. The production designer is Sidney J. Bartholomew, Jr. And Arlan Jay Vetter. The film is edited by Alan Baumgarten, A.C.E. and Sam Seig. The costume designer is Louise Mingenbach. The music score is by Brendan Ryan & Bill Ryan. The music supervisors are Tom Wolfe & Manish Raval.
This film has been rated R for strong sexual content, crude humor, language and a scene of drug use involving a minor.