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Peyton Reed's 2006 classic subverts the love-conquers-all formula of traditional rom-com to arrive at the more satisfying conclusion that nothing beats falling out of love with a loser

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Everyone has their cinematic foibles. Mine is anything with Jennifer Aniston in it. I'll stop short of paying to see the likes of We're the Millers in an actual cinema, but when an Aniston film makes its way to ITV3, as most mediocre American rom-coms invariably do, I will put on my tracksuit bottoms and a gormless expression, and hit the sofa for two uninterrupted hours of very mild amusement.

I wasn't expecting much from The Break-Up. Hollywood by numbers, perhaps. Some high jinks, some light sexism, the odd homophobic joke. A happy reunion that requires amnesia on the part of a couple who hours earlier were hiring strippers and bringing home dates just to offend one another. »

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