The Break-Up 2006

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Pushed to the breaking-up point after their latest "why can't you do this one little thing for me?" argument, art dealer Brooke calls it quits with her boyfriend, Gary, who hosts bus tours of Chicago. What follows is a series of remedies, war tactics, overtures and underminings, suggested by the former couple's friends, confidantes and the occasional total stranger. When neither ex is willing to move out of the condo they used to share, the only solution is to continue living as hostile roommates until somebody caves. But, somewhere between protesting the pool table in the living room the filthy clothes stacked in the kitchen cupboards and the sports played at sleep-killing volume in the middle of the night, Brooke begins to realize that what she may be really fighting for isn't so much the place but the person.

Starring:
Jason Bateman, Vincent D'Onofrio
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

The Break-up

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 42 minutes
Starring Jason Bateman, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ann-Ma, Ann-Margret, Judy Davis, Vince Vaughn, Cole Hauser, John Michael Higgins, Jennifer Aniston, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Favreau
Director Peyton Reed
Genres Comedy, Romance
Studio UCA
Rental release 7 February 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 42 minutes
Starring Jason Bateman, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ann-Ma, Ann-Margret, Judy Davis, Vince Vaughn, Cole Hauser, John Michael Higgins, Jennifer Aniston, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Favreau
Director Peyton Reed
Genres Comedy, Romance
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 25 October 2010
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Film Junkie on 13 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
If you like your romcom with romance and comedy - don't buy this film.

I don't normally make a review where I don't feel it will make a difference to the star rating compared to the amount of people that have placed a review, but I feel I should warn as many people as I can to save their money for... well anything but this.

I love Jennifer Aniston (and romcoms) don't get me wrong. I also love Vince Vaughn, but the way they marketed this film was very clever. They had all the hype of the off screen romance, they met on the set, they hit it off straight away, he made her laugh at such 'a bad time' - blah, blah, blah. Don't be fooled. This is a slow moving film and the scenes that you know should be funny, don't help because you just want it to be over.

The last few scenes of the film are actually the best, touching, well acted and well thought out. And this is where my two stars comes in. It's just a shame they went for a sprint finish instead of keeping a steady pace.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AW on 20 July 2007
Format: DVD
I agree with so many others that this was mis-marketed as a comedy. This is not a comedy, it is in fact a really depressing film.
Through the whole film I could not see why these two ever got into a relationship in the first place, or how they ever lasted so long, considering that they were entirely unable to communicate. Even in hindsight, I am not sure what the point of the film was.

I think it was better than "Rumour has it" which was most painfully boring, but I wouldn't recommend it to anybody either.

I do like Jennifer Aniston a lot, and I wish she would be in better movies, where the focus was not on her hair and tan! She deserves better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. May on 28 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
Usually with this sort of film I find myself taking his or her side, and then wishing they'd make-up and get back together. No so with this film...

I didn't like either character, although found myself siding with "her", not because I'm female and us girls like to stick together, but because "he" was so annoying.

To summarise... he spots her at a baseball game, annoys her and they get together. Cue lots of pictures of them being happy together. She breaks up with him after their family dinner party, then spends the majority of the film trying to make him jealous because she wants him back. When he finally tells her that he loves her, she's not interested.

About half way into this film (which was probably only 40 minutes but it felt like hours), I realised I simply didn't care if the characters got back together, in fact, I couldn't have cared less if they lived or died!!!

My advice... don't bother, it's waste of time and money.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2006
Format: DVD
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penelope on 12 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
This movie starts out with such good intentions as it completely breaks away from the conventional romcom format by beginning with the demise of a relationship rather than a bourgeoning romance. Brooke and Gary's fight over when to do the dishes was executed fantastically and truely captured the conflict of couples who co-habit. Any woman with a lazy partner will sympathise with Brooke's irritation! However starting the film with such an abrupt ending only compromises the pace and the ability for the plot to really go anywhere. What ensues is a typical screw ball battle of the sexes. There are individual moments in this film that lift it above the normal conventions of romantic comedy, and it is genuinely poignant in places. It is also impossible not to like and sympathise with Jennifer Aniston. However when all is said and done, this film sadly fails to deliver what it sets out to achieve.
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