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The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  20 October 2000 (USA)
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In the palm-shaded oasis of West Hollywood, we meet Dennis, a promising photographer. As he prepares to celebrate his twenty-eighth birthday, he laments, ' I can't decide if my friends are ... See full summary »



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In the palm-shaded oasis of West Hollywood, we meet Dennis, a promising photographer. As he prepares to celebrate his twenty-eighth birthday, he laments, ' I can't decide if my friends are the best or worst thing that ever happened to me.' The gang includes Benji, the punkish innocent with a penchant for gym bodies; Howie, the psychology grad student who thinks too much and lives too little; Cole, the charismatic actor who accidentally keeps stealing everybody's guy; Patrick, the cynical quipster, and Taylor, resident drama queen, who, until recently, prided himself on his long-term relationship. Providing sage advice and steady work is Jack, the beloved patriarch whose restaurant is a haven for them all. When tragedy strikes the group, the friendships are put to the test. Written by John Cooper

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The shortest distance between friends isn't always a straight line.


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport


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Release Date:

20 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

8x10's  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$109,694 (USA) (29 September 2000)


ESP 6,902,900 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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In the final party scene, actor Justin Theroux wasn't given a call time to show up on set but he surprisingly appeared 5 minutes before his scene was to be shot. See more »


When Dennis is about to have sex with Ted (J. Crew Guy) after his birthday party, he reaches for the beside light to turn it off, but the light goes off before the click sound from the switch. He then turns the light immediately back on, but this time the click sound and the light going on are simultaneous. See more »


Howie: I want to be Cole! Why can't I be Cole! Why couldn't God have made me Cole!
[looks at his therapist]
Howie: My friends get a haircut with this.
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References Beaches (1988) See more »

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Been there, done that. . .this is true to my experiences. . .
22 June 2004 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

Quick evaluation: this movie does reflect my experiences of the past 25 years. As a nearing-50 gay man, I can relate to nearly all the principal characters, both personally and as they relate to my friends and acquaintances. Yes, at various times in my life I've been the cute, promiscuous one; the lonely one; the gym bunny (no drugs, though); the (self-perceived) ugly one. . .all those have helped me to become a better, more self-actualized person. Seems there are too many self-loathing queens commenting negatively on this film here. . .maybe they can't see themselves in the characters, but if they were to be honest, they'd realize that they do indeed exist in one or more of these characters.

I enjoyed the film, laughed a little, cried a little. As I said, "been there, done that."

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