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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Broken Break-Up

“The ability to combine sadness and light in a movie is rare. But the ability to go from broad comedy to heavy, mean, real anger and hurt – while keeping the audience engaged – is near impossible. And it proves to be the death of this well-intended movie.
They didn’t want to make The War Of The Roses II and they didn’t want to make How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days. They didn’t even want to do When Harry Met Sally. This is a movie about a couple that splits based on a whim and then proceeds to allow its characters to behave in endless stupid, if occasionally funny, ways.”
The rest…

16 Responses to “Broken Break-Up”

  1. ManWithNoName says:

    Currently at 0% on RT.
    Do you think Universal will change their marketing strategy after the first weekend, or take their “Wedding Crashers suckers” money and be done with it?

  2. jeffmcm says:

    This review actually makes me more interested in seeing the movie, not less.

  3. ManWithNoName says:

    I agree with you Jeff. There’s a similar review on AICN right now, but that reviewer recommended the film.
    I honestly had no interest whatsoever, but I might have to check out a matinee. There’s nothing else playing near me this weekend.

  4. Jeremy Smith says:

    Either the zany and bitter tones mesh for you, or they don’t. I think Reed was completely successful, but I also think he’s at his sharpest with the more grounded elements of the script.
    As for box office, I haven’t bothered to check on whether the tracking numbers improve, but Vaughn is his generation’s Bill Murray. Guys worship him. I can’t see this not being huge.

  5. RoyBatty says:

    Okay, this is downright spooky
    (note, this posting has very little to do with the film itself, so if navel-gazing is not your thing best skip to the next one). Let’s call this little story “The Pitfalls of Drinking With Access To Huge DVD Collection”
    Last night I finally watched last week’s episode of “The Sopranos” where Carm goes to Paris. At one point, someone starts humming “As Time Goes By.” When it was over, I didn’t want to get into something else that would keep me up too late, so I decided to pop in CASABLANCA just to watch the story set up. It’s really hard to watch that film, especially buzzed, and not think “Man, I just love this fucking film” when those great lines start zipping around.
    Soon as I thought about great lines, the line “Best last line of a movie, ever” popped into my head. For a year, the special edition of WHEN HARRY MET SALLY has been sitting on my shelf waiting. What the hell, I thought, lets watch the start of it and got about 45mins into before forcing myself to go to bed.
    So, here I am, perusing the web film sites when I come to first new Hot Blog threads in days. In TWO seperate entries, DP references HARRY/SALLY. Considering how random last night’s viewing of it is (I almost put in CHUNGKING EXPRESS instead), it is very bizarre to say the least…

  6. martin says:

    roy, brevity is the soul of wit.
    As much as I like Vaughn, it’s a real stretch to call him this generations Bill Murray. There’s no actor/comedian out there with Bill’s skills. Maybe in 20 yrs Vaughn will be there, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.

  7. jeffmcm says:

    Maybe not Groundhog Day/Lost in Translation Bill Murray, but he seems like a decent fit with Meatballs/Ghostbusters Bill Murray.

  8. martin says:

    well I just read Poland’s break-up review and he kind of sums it up: “Murray was not as physically intimidating as Vaughn and not as physically attractive.” It can be as simple as that. It’s a little bit harder to laugh with/at a guy for physical reasons. Brad Pitt just isn’t going to be as funny as a Woody Allen. Vaughn’s got talent, but his personality/persona is just not as likeable or amusing as Murray’s, at least to me.

  9. jeffmcm says:

    Have you seen how pudgy Vaughn is these days? Maybe he’s working to become less physically attractive as we speak.

  10. Lurconis says:

    This is one of those films that I oddly feel like I am pulling for to do the business. Even if it’s not wholly successful, to see people attempt to inject some bite and ambition into something as formulaic as the rom-com genre is laudable. I think Aniston is a great comedien, but has been hamstrung by indifferent material, which is a huge shame. Vaughan will better survive the film if it is a disappointment. Reed on the other hand sort of needs to prove himself. Bring it On is superb, and I guess I am one of the few who also loved Down with Love, so I am hoping that I will be on the positive side with this one

  11. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    Bring It On is a teen classic of the 2000s (nestled just in front of Mean Girls). And while Down With Love was a bit off it succeeded in many areas and it’s a shame it got ignored for it’s costumes and art direction come awards season.
    I too actually want this movie to succeed. It doesn’t look like a bland vanilla movie even if it may very well be. I too like Aniston and wish she could move to the next level. Plus, I’d like to see a movie like this do well in the Summer. Maybe give them a heads up that seeing comic book movies and sequels and remakes every weekend isn’t gonna fly.

  12. Stella's Boy says:

    I’m sure the weak material has something to do with it, but I don’t think Aniston is a good actress. In fact I really can’t stand her. She was decent in The Good Girl, but I found her to be downright awful in Derailed and Rumor Has It. I haven’t seen Friends With Money.

  13. Cadavra says:

    I loved DOWN WITH LOVE. Reed and the writers were doing nothing more than a flat-out homage to a very specific style of comedy and, in my mind, succeeded beautifully. I believe the people who disliked it did so because it wasn’t what they wanted it to be–some kind of snarky post-modern version of Day-Hudson-Randall–rather than a straight-up recreation.

  14. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    Well, Aniston was flat out excellent on Friends, so…

  15. Cadavra says:

    Well, you’re one-third right…

  16. martindale says:

    Looks like the movie will be a hit. Over $15 mil on the first day. I for one liked the film, but I can see how the tone of the movie may be a turn-off to some.

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