If you're thinking of renting or buying this film as a 'chick flick' or 'romcom', pause, take a moment, and read on.
To my mind, "The Break Up" doesn't know what it is trying to be or become. No belly laughs a la Bridget Jones. No heart tugging drama a la The War of the Roses ending. In places, this film is mildly amusing but it simply isn't funny. It really isn't dramatic either. It's, well, caught somewhere in the void in between.
It has a promising start i.e. the set piece before the opening credits. But then it deteriorates into unlikely chapters of behaviour. Yes, the arguments may raise a knowing male v female eyebrow, but in context, it doesn't work.
Jennifer Aniston is lovely - fair comment. Vince Vaughan, well, he's chubby and unlikeable. Why on earth is she with him? And, to an extent, what are they doing in this vehicle?
As my wife said afterwards, disappointing, empty and somewhat pointless.