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Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston star in the charming and unpredictable comedy The Break-Up. After two years together, Gary and Brooke's relationship seems to have taken a comical wrong turn on the way to happily ever aft... more »
"I want you to help me for a change"
M. J Leonard | Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA United States | 10/18/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In order to appreciate The Break-Up you really have to suspend disbelief at the reasons why a couple like Gary (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) would actually come together in the first place. The film is well acted and fast paced and also entertaining, and it does a generally good job of showing what happens when love turns into a weapon of mutual destruction.
It's just I didn't quite buy the fact that a somewhat educated and cultured girl like Brooke who works as a art-gallery curator and likes going to the ballet would actually see in a working class schlep like Gary, a voluble if considerably doughy charmer who, with his two brothers (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Cole Hauser), runs a guided tourist service in Chicago.
If you can get beyond this strange lapse of logic, The Break-Up is a mostly fun and astute and features the lovely Jennifer and the clever Vince at their snappish best. The story itself is pretty slim: Brook and Gary meet at a Cubs game, fall in love hard, buy a showpiece apartment together and live happily ever after. All this happens in the opening credits.
It doesn't take long, however, for the cracks to appear in the relationship and the fights inevitably start coming. He doesn't buy the right number of lemons for a dinner party she's hosting for their respective families, and then doesn't do the dishes until she nags him to help. She doesn't understand his needs, which is basically relaxing after a hard day on his feet and watching the ball game. So consequently, after a bitter argument, Brooke impulsively puts an end to their relationship.
The big problem is that they both own the apartment together, and over the next couple of weeks things get worse. Lines are drawn over who can do what and trivial disagreements break out over common space, noise, and eventually escalating into Brooke inviting over dates, Gary inviting over strippers, moving in a pool table, and everything else as the relationship spirals out of control.
The couple's realtor (Jason Bateman) and shared friends, including Maddie (Joey Lauren Adams) and Johnny (Jon Favreau), all get caught up and are forced to take sides. But will Brooke and Gary be able to sort out their differences and stay together, or is the relationship doomed to failure?
I think the strength of the film comes from the biting repartee that takes place between Aniston and Vaughn, especially in the earlier scenes. You really do believe that they are - and have been - a committed couple that are about to explode with frustration at each other's failings. The actors indeed imbue Gary and Brooke with moments of sincere woundedness and the film's arguments - that relationships are essentially about mutual respect and about give and take - come across as remarkably authentic.
As usual in these sorts of Hollywood romantic comedies - and using the term romantic loosely - the supporting cast is filled out with a number of veterans. Judy Davis steals every scene she's in as Brooke's eccentric art gallery boss and Ann Margaret makes a surprise appearance as Brooke's mother.
But the movie ultimately belongs to both Aniston and Vaughn - she's tanned and toned and looks fantastic and he does what he does best - playing the permissive man-child who just refuses to take responsibility for anything, either personal or professional.
The film stalls a bit in its final third; as though the producers are intent to pad the story out and Brooke's motivations for doing what she does remain bit of an enigma - first she loves him then she doesn't and we're left to infer some of her feelings rather than bear witness to them. In the end, though, The Break-Up is at least partially notable for showing both lead actors at their best, but the film also shows off some terrific views of the beautiful city of Chicago. Mike Leonard October 06.
Most of Us Will Be There
R. Kirkham | Rushville, Illinois USA | 12/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
Realistic to the end. I've been involved with counseling many couples who break up and this movie hits the proverbial nail right on the head. Many break ups are "accidental". Many times persons who break up wish they could be back together. Many times the greatest danger comes when the problems are out in the open and persons attempt to save the relationship.
All of the cast does a good job. The characters are believable and make the viewer root for them, even the supporting cast. The viewer becomes emotionally glued to this film with a desire for these two to make it, but they always seem to just miss, even though both want it to work. This could be a healing film, but it is not a "feel good" film. This may be why so many viewers, expecting a light hearted comedy, gave it less than stellar reviews.
Most people who have experienced the breakup of a close relationship will see themselves in this film. About half of all marriages end in divorce and most couples who live together will eventually split. The brightest spot in the film is the ending. It reminds us that however relationships turn out, there is hope for a future on the other side.
I won't say how this film turns out, but if you do not like the ending there is an alternate ending in the bonus features. I liked the ending that showed in the theatres, but the other ending is worth a glance, if only for a few laughs.
"The Breakup" starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston
Eddie Lancekick | Pacific Northwest | 11/29/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The breakup hits more at home with actual points about a relationship than a comedy, let alone a "campy" film. Vince Vaughn stars as Gary, a guy who is working hard in the city of Chicago but not realizing his efforts on the home front with live in girlfriend Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) are failing miserably. Brooke and Gary have a huge fight due to the fact Gary needs to be coaxed in order to show the one side of love many miss: Making a decision to help someone else, to simply show that you CARE. While Gary tries to immerse himself in Madden Football and Grand Theft Auto video games, Brooke continually tries to drive the point home that she needs help with the dishes. An argument escalates which results in her telling Gary she is fed up with his ways, and that she is "through".
The rest of the movie plays out in Brooke trying to do everything she can to make Gary realize what he is missing so he will come back to her, and get a hint. Gary takes way to long in realizing his faults and areas he could do better in with the relationship. A game ensues where they both try to "get their way" while at the same time antagonizing each other all the more.
The movie is strong in themes of human nature, commitment, and such when it comes to actual relationships and for that it was very well done. The backfire of this is that it is pretty much all there is to the story. The strength of it lies in the characters of Gary and Brook, and considering the mainstream cast which also features Vincent D'Onofrio, Cole Hauser, Jason Bateman, Ann-Margret and Judy Davis, its really what makes the show.
Albeit a film that takes place mostly within the walls of the condo they share, the film has some great cinematic appeal in showing some beautiful shots of Chicago as well as a concert scene where Aniston has made her final stand in hoping of reuniting with Gary. Aniston brings her character to life and Vaughn is the ultimate when it comes to a guy who thinks he's misunderstood, but in fact is the one that takes to long to see his own faults in the relationship. Some humor coupled with strong characters and a sometimes almost stalled pacing seems to balance out. The Breakup isn't as strong on comedy as many would naturally assume, but its still worth a viewing."
A good romantic comedy with lots of genuinely funny moments
Robert Moore | Chicago, IL USA | 05/31/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Unlike the previous reviewers of this film, I have the advantage of actually having seen the film at a preview here in Chicago. I'm happy to report that it is a very decent comedy with many moments that are genuinely funny. It doesn't quite belong to a genre of comedy known as a remarriage comedy (where a couple splits up and then reconciles despite a host of obstacles), but it isn't far from it. I won't spoil the film by explaining precisely why it doesn't quite fit that mould. I'll merely say that it isn't quite as predictable as one might assume at the outset.
The plot is fairly simple. Two people meet at the Cross-town Classic at Wrigley (for non-Chicagoans, that is what Major League Baseball likes to call the Cub-Sox inter-league series) and buy a condo together. They break up, but neither seems willing to move out. Comedy ensues as they play a series of mind games with one another.
A plot this bare bones could be either good or bad or something in between, depending on what you graft onto the story. Luckily, most of what they do is quite funny. Much of the success of the film stems from Vince Vaughan's fabulous gift for comedy. Jennifer Aniston, who has of course been linked to Vaughan after they met on the set of this film, does a very fine job, but it is Vaughan who drives the film's comedy. What follows their break up is a string of very funny moments as each tries to get back at the other.
There is a very odd bit of somewhat dirty humor in the film. Jennifer Aniston's character gets a wax treatment in her nether regions known as a Telly Savalas, so that she will make her former boyfriend jealous and desirous when she walks about the apartment naked. It isn't hard to imagine what that involves, but what makes it odd is that Telly Savalas was Jennifer Aniston's godfather. Her father, John Aniston (born Anastassakis), was a very close friend of his fellow Greek Savalas and asked him to be Jennifer's godfather. I just fine it a very, very odd joke given her relation to Savalas.
One of the reasons the film is so much fun is the very strong supporting cast. My fellow Arkansan and Little Rock native Joey Lauren Adams plays Aniston's best friend. Like many people I first became aware of Vince Vaughan in the Jon Favreau film SWINGERS. Favreau plays one of Vaughan's best friends in this one, though I swear he must weigh 80 pounds more than he did in SWINGERS. Vincent D'Onofrio plays one of Vaughan's brothers. The hugely talented (but under-utilized by Hollywood) Judy Davis has a somewhat inappropriate role as an art gallery owner. But two actors formerly of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT supply two of the best contributions to the film. That series's star Jason Bateman has a couple of typically funny moments (using pretty much the same deliver he used for Michael Bluth) and one wishes he had had a larger role. But John Michael Higgins stole every scene he was in as Aniston's almost-gay brother. The funniest part of the film might be when he tries to get everyone to sing a song at a dinner early in the film. On ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT he played the highly professional and perpetually stone-faced lawyer Wayne Jarvis, though film goers will remember him best as the gay dog handler in BEST IN SHOW and the co-leader of a musical group in A MIGHTY WIND.
The only reason I can't give this film five stars is that it had some persistent pacing and rhythm problems. At several points the film drags a bit, scenes not moving at the right pace, the film lingering over bits just a little too long. It is hard to say precisely who is to blame for such things. Initial suspicion would go to the film's editor, but sometimes pacing can be dictated by the director or even the producers. There is no way to tell who is to blame, but the film just doesn't have as much life as it ought to have had.
But nonetheless, this is a solid comedy that will delight most viewers. It isn't a farce like Vaughan's hit from last summer, THE WEDDING CRASHERS, but more in the lines of a very funny date movie. I would like to add that it is one of the better Chicago films I have seen in a while. There are a number of Chicago locations that are seen in a host of movies, but also a few that rarely are. All in all, a very enjoyable movie."