Reviewed by: Evan D. Baltz
|Featuring:||Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn, Joey Lauren Adams, Ann-Margret, Judy Davis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jon Favreau, Cole Hauser, John Michael Higgins, Justin Long|
|Producer:||Stuart Besser, Peter Billingsley, Vince Vaughn|
|Distributor:||Universal Pictures Distribution|
“…pick a side.”
Have you ever been over to someone’s house and the couple started arguing? How did it make you feel? My guess is, if you are like me, you felt pretty uncomfortable. It might have been funny for the first couple of seconds because you thought they might be teasing, but then it became really awkward and you just wanted to get out of there. For me, that is pretty much the way I felt during “The Break-Up”.
I think the movie was supposed to be a comedy, maybe even a romantic comedy. It was neither. I chuckled mildly a few times but never laughed out loud. Not many people in the theatre did either. Instead it felt like someone had invited about 300 strangers over to watch them bicker for a couple of hours—not really entertaining, and certainly not funny.
Vince Vaughn, who is usually dependably funny in comedies, was just kind of generally annoying and mildly tolerable. Jennifer Aniston, while also potentially funny, and often not too hard on the eyes, was often irritating. It was difficult to really feel too much for either of their characters.
Vaughn plays Gary Groboski, a Chicago area tour bus tour guide. Aniston is Brooke Meyers, an art gallery manager. The unlikely couple move in together but find out they really don’t have a great deal in common. Brooke feels that Gary just doesn’t care enough about what she wants in life and is more concerned about getting a pool table for the living room. She decides she has had enough and wants to break-up with Gary. However, neither will move out of their condo. Instead they fight with each other and try to get even with each by doing things they know the other person will dislike. Their friends and family members only exist to provide terrible advice for both.
The film is replete with 70 some foul words, including the Lord’s name taken in vain 20 plus times. There is also some out of focus nudity and other sexual and course talk.
It felt like most of the scenes ran on much longer than they should have. It seemed the writers and actors didn’t really know how to salvage the scene so just kept going in hopes that it would make everything more funny because of how absurd things become. I checked my watch at about the one hour mark hoping that it would be close to the end. No such luck.
I really don’t know what kind of a movie these folks wanted to make, and that becomes very apparent early on with the uneven notes the plot hits.
Not a good date movie. It would be kind of like seeing a plane crash movie the night before your next flight. Instead of seeing “The Break-Up”, try staying together with your money and spend the evening at home with someone you love, and say nice things to each other and enjoy each other’s company.
Violence: None / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Mild
This movie definitely shows how important communication is in any relationship though and also reflects how relationships take turns, especially when Christ isn’t included.
Average / 3
—Julie Wittmann, age 37