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''Heartbreakers'' is a 2001 romantic comedy/caper film directed by David Mirkin and starring Creator/SigourneyWeaver, Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt, Ray Liotta, Gene Hackman, and Creator/JasonLee.

The plot follows Max and Paige Conners (Weaver and Hewitt respectively), a pair of mother and daughter con women. Max marries rich men and then quickly sets them up to cheat on her with Paige and then claims most of their money in a divorce settlement. When the movie starts Paige wants to break away from her mother and start conning on her own but the IRS has just seized all their money so the two decide to pull off one big con on Palm Beach. Max poses as a Russian woman to snag the billionaire William B Tensey (Hackman) in hopes of paying off the IRS and setting Paige up for conning on her own. Meanwhile Liotta plays Dean, the last man the women conned, who wants a second chance with Max and stumbles across their con.
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!!''Heartbreakers'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}} for:
* BitchAlert

!!"Trope Alert":
* AbusiveParent: Max isn't exactly Joan Crawford but...
* AllForNothing: We spend most of the movie believing that Max and Paige are doing the con just to pay off the IRS but [[spoiler: it turns out Max used her old partner to fool Paige and stop her from going out on her own]].
* AllMenArePerverts: Deconstructed beautifully. Max and Paige make their money off this trope, doing their very best to con all men using their sex appeal. Paige's mentality is "we can't make a scumbag do anything a scumbag wouldn't do". But then when it appears even nice guy Jack [[spoiler: cheats on Paige with Max, it turns out she had to drug him because he turned her down]]. And Dean gives Max a speech telling her that although he cheated, he is genuinely sorry because he lost her and wants to try again.
* AllThereInTheScript: Max's name is never mentioned once in the whole movie.
* ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: "Olga's" accent is not even close to being authentic but it just needs to sound convincing enough to fool Tensey. Ditto for Paige's "English" accent as Allison.
* AssholeVictim: Max and Page's cons are predicated on the mark wilfully committing adultery; as Page notes, "we can't make a scumbag do anything a scumbag wouldn't do". Also, they regularly target marks who deal in rather shady types of business. as it makes them agreeing to out-of-court settlements much easier (as bringing the divorce proceedings in front of a judge might leave them open for criminal proceedings).
* BaitAndSwitch: When Max runs into Dean again he reaches into his coat pocket seemingly to whip out a gun...instead it's an engagement ring.
** And then it turns out he ''did'' have a gun in his trousers.
* BecomingTheMask: Paige intends to con Jack out of $3 million but then goes and falls in love with him.
* BilingualBackfire: Tensey takes "Olga" to a Russian restaurant where she knows only one word of Russian and is then called upon to sing a traditional Russian song. [[spoiler: She covers up by singing [[Music/TheWhiteAlbum "Back in the USSR"]] instead.]]
* BitchAlert: The Trope Namer, courtesy of this line:
-->'''MAX''': "We have a bitch alert."
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Max and Paige switch between all three colours in their various identities; both are brunette as themselves, Max is redhead as "Olga" and blonde as "Angela" while Paige is redhead as "Wendy" and blonde as "Allison".
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: Dean at the start although it's more caught with a woman stuck on your pants.
* ChainedToABed: Dean
* ChekhovsGag: The statue of the man with the erection.
* ChristmasCake: Paige subtly implies Max is becoming this as her record for getting men to marry her is three months but the recent con with Dean took four months. It's also likely that Max hasn't actually had sex since she got pregnant with Paige.
* TheCon: Naturally.
* CruelMercy: When Dean discovers Max and Page's plan he threatens to kill them, only for Max to point out his gun is empty. He then says he'll have them thrown in jail, and says "I don't have to kill you to kill you".
* DeathAsComedy
* DisappearedDad: Paige's dad pulled a "conceive and leave"
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Averted as Max is [[spoiler: revealed to have drugged Jack and got him into bed so Paige can get money from a divorce. Dean reacts with disgust and Paige nearly strangles Max when she finds out]].
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Max and Paige have different hairstyles for their different identities.
* {{Fanservice}}: Remains Jennifer Love Hewitt's hottest movie (most telling critical comment: "Wonderful performance by Hewitt's breasts").
* FakeNationality: Max pretends to be Russian and Paige pretends to be English. HilarityEnsues when Tensey takes Max to a Russian restaurant.
* FourthDateMarriage: Paige and Jack.
* GagPenis: Dean is implied to be VERY well endowed.
* GenreShift: Two-thirds of the way through, the movie shifts from being a con movie to being a RomanticComedy.
* GetRichQuickScheme: The con at Palm Beach.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Max adopts a few pet words in Russian as "Olga" such as "pipishka" (you know what she's talking about).
* TheGhost: Barbara, Max's mentor who taught her the con. [[spoiler: Subverted when we find out Barbara was actually Gloria Vogel, the IRS woman Max used to fool Paige]].
* {{Golddigger}}s: As should be obvious from the description.
* HeelRealization: Max when she realizes how she's ruining her daughter's life.
* {{Honey Trap}}s
* InLoveWithTheMark: Discussed by Max:
--> "Cute is dangerous. Cute leads to feelings which leads to screwing. Which leads to screwed"
** Ultimately ends up being played straight by Page.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Paige
* {{Joisey}}: Dean.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Max
* LikesOlderWomen: A few of Max's husbands.
* LoveRedeems
* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler: The last we see of Paige and Jack is her giving him back his bar and confessing her real name]]. It's left ambiguous whether or not she tells him the full truth or if their relationship will endure.
* MeaningfulName: Max and Paige's last name is '''Conners'''.
* MrsRobinson
* MyBelovedSmother: Max, although quite tame by the rest of the examples of this trope. She sincerely doesn't want her daughter's heart to be broken. However, she will con and lie to her daughter to achieve this. But near the end, [[spoiler:when she sees that her daughter truly was in love with their last con, the con that the Smother drugged, she comes clean, and lets her daughter live her life.]]
* NoodleImplements: The "Trogden Triangle" requires a trumpet and a talking parrot.
* TheOneThatGotAway: Dean decides to go after Max because he realizes she's the first woman that ever left ''him'', rather than vice versa.
* OutWithABang
* PairTheSpares: Max and Dean.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: The end implies [[spoiler: Max and Dean are planning to con Barbara out of the money she stole from Max]].
* ProductPlacement: Creator/RogerEbert quipped that Jennifer Love Hewitt's [[{{Fanservice}} Fanservice]]-y appearance seemed as much a walking advertisement for the Wonderbra as anything else.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dean delivers several to Max when he realizes just how unscrupulous she is.
* RichPeople
* SassyBlackWoman: One of the hotel maids.
* ShakingHerHairLoose: When Paige/Wendy is revealed to be Max's daughter she pulls off her red wig and shakes her natural brown hair loose.
* ShesGotLegs: Both of them.
* StacysMom: Max tries to invoke this with Jack.
* StrawFeminist: Max believes all men are scumbags who can't commit to one woman. [[spoiler: Until she meets Jack that is]].
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The clothes Paige wears in the workplace are hardly appropriate. [[InvokedTrope Which is exactly what she's counting on]].
* ThereAreNoTherapists: When Dean discovers what the two are up to he says, "do you have any idea how much therapy you people need!"
* {{Tsundere}}: Paige for Jack. Initially she's ''tsuntsun'' as he keeps bugging her, then she pretends to bring out a ''deredere'' side and [[spoiler: then she's no longer pretending]].
** Dean is Type B for Max. Initially he's madly in love with her, then hates her for conning him but still wants her.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Max, we're looking at you. She gets better, eventually.
* WeddingDay: Two of them onscreen. Max claims to have been married thirteen times.
* WigDressAccent: Max as "Olga" and Paige as "Allison".
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