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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Greg Berlanti (written by)
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Release Date:
1 February 2001 (Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
The shortest distance between friends isn't always a straight line.
Plot:
In the palm-shaded oasis of West Hollywood, we meet Dennis, a promising photographer. As he prepares to celebrate his twenty-eighth birthday... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Fine ensemble cast ignites OK comic drama See more (115 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Ben Weber ... Patrick

Timothy Olyphant ... Dennis

Matt McGrath ... Howie

Zach Braff ... Benji
Nora Burns ... Female Shopper

Dean Cain ... Cole

Chris Payne Gilbert ... Larry
John Brandon ... Mickey
Diane McBain ... Josephine

Robert Peters ... Cop
Billy Porter ... Taylor

John Mahoney ... Jack

Nia Long ... Leslie

Mary McCormack ... Anne

Justin Theroux ... Marshall

Andrew Keegan ... Kevin

Christopher Wiehl ... J. Crew Guy (as Chris Wiehl)

Jennifer Coolidge ... Betty
Ken Kerman ... Umpire

Kerr Smith ... Catcher
Robert Arce ... Purple Guy

Brian Gaskill ... Brian

Christian Kane ... Idaho Guy (as Chris Kane)

David Youse ... Barry

Michael Bergin ... Kip Rogers

Chris Weitz ... Director
Marc Avalon ... Ned

Kevin Cooney ... Obstetrician
Matt Reid ... Glen

Paul Weitz ... Assistant Director

Charlie Weber ... Newbie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gary Weeks
David Downs ... Therapist (uncredited)

Garry Guerrier ... Fireman Softball Team (uncredited)

Directed by
Greg Berlanti 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Greg Berlanti (written by)

Produced by
Connie Dolph .... line producer
Sam Irvin .... co-producer
Mickey Liddell .... producer
Joseph Middleton .... producer
Julie Plec .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Elliott 
 
Film Editing by
Todd Busch 
 
Casting by
Joseph Middleton 
Michelle Morris  (as Michelle Morris-Gertz)
 
Production Design by
Charles Daboub Jr. 
 
Set Decoration by
Mark Macauley 
 
Costume Design by
Mas Kondo 
 
Makeup Department
Saundra Jordan .... key hair stylist
Saundra Jordan .... key makeup artist
Thomas Kolarek .... hair stylist
Thomas Kolarek .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Connie Dolph .... production manager
Matthew R. Hannon .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Hennessy .... first assistant director
Ashley Johnson .... second second assistant director
Mitch Kelleher .... second assistant director
Thomas Kuk .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Scott Bauer .... property master
Mick Cummings .... lead man
Krit Fagtongpun .... swing gang
Cindy Kelleher .... art department photography
Roland D. Rowe .... props
Scott Sener .... assistant props
 
Sound Department
Brad Bryan .... additional boom operator
David Chornow .... sound mixer
Gino Conway .... assistant sound assistant
Evan Daum .... assistant sound assistant
Paula Fairfield .... sound supervisor
David Lee Fein .... foley artist
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Jason George .... supervising sound editor
Robert Getty .... assistant sound assistant
Steven D. Grothe .... second boom operator (as Steven Grothe)
George Haddad .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Hamilton .... dialogue editor
Chato Hill .... assistant sound assistant
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley editor
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as S. Diane Marshall)
Michael Mullane .... background sound editor
William Munroe .... boom operator
Carla Murray .... sound designer
Carla Murray .... sound effects editor
Yuri Reese .... adr mixer
Sarah Smith .... foley editor
William Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Bango .... first assistant camera
Joe Celeste .... key grip (as Joseph Celeste)
Louis DiCesare .... gaffer
Suzanne Dietz .... grip
Tim Durr .... best boy electric
Rodney James .... grip
Cindy Kelleher .... still photographer
Michael Krajci .... second assistant camera
Carlos Lopez Calleja .... second assistant camera
Gary McBride .... dolly grip
Kevin P. Patterson .... electrician
Marie Pedersen .... first assistant camera
Simon Schorno .... camera loader
Moulaye Sene .... electrician
Uriel Uribe .... electrician
Keith O. Wilson .... electrician
Mark Wright .... grip
 
Casting Department
Dena Berman .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Diaz .... wardrobe assistant
Jennifer Starzyk .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Cynthia Moore .... assistant editor
Harry Muller .... color timer
 
Music Department
Joe Guthrie .... music coordinator
Julianne Jordan .... music supervisor (as Julianne Kelley)
Mary Beth Maziarz .... composer: song "Close To You"
Alexandra Patsavas .... music supervisor
Richard Ziegler .... music editor (as Rick Ziegler)
 
Transportation Department
P. Gerald Knight .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Todd Armstrong .... production assistant
Newton Bass .... location scout
David Burdett .... location assistant
Jordan Burwick .... location manager
David Cordova .... production assistant
Candace Crump .... assistant production coordinator
Jim Frazier .... production assistant
Jack Skeets Gleeson .... production assistant
Emrys Hanley .... production assistant
Michelle Hoffman .... craft service
M. Stephen Itzkowitz .... location assistant
Jesse Long .... script supervisor
Shawn McClintock .... production assistant
Marguerite O'Donoghue .... production coordinator
Jamie Park .... assistant: Mr. Liddell
Marilyn Penn .... production accountant (as Marilyn Penn-Lindley)
Robert Rothmann .... production assistant
Dan Suderman .... location assistant
Sarah Watson .... assistant: Mr. Berlanti
Laura Wolner .... assistant: Mr. Berlanti
 

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94 min
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Trivia:
The hardware store scene early in the film was shot at Laurel Hardware, which closed in 2009.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Leslie is giving her speech after Patrick tells her and Anne that he won't donate his sperm, she puts her backpack on her shoulder. When we see her from the back she doesn't have it on. She then has to put her backpack on again.See more »
Quotes:
Dennis:Thanks Betty, you always know just what to say.
Betty:[not having spoken] It's a gift.
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Movie Connections:
References "The Waltons" (1971)See more »

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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Fine ensemble cast ignites OK comic drama, 5 March 2005
Author: Libretio from Co. Durham, UK

THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB: A ROMANTIC COMEDY (2000)

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Sound formats: Dolby Digital / SDDS

The lives and loves of an LA softball team, comprised entirely of gay men.

Greg Berlanti's heartfelt drama seems a little timid in the wake of confrontational entries like "Queer as Folk", but the former producer and co-writer of TV's gay-friendly "Dawson's Creek" makes an otherwise auspicious directorial debut with this familiar account of several gay friends looking for love and companionship in vanity-driven Los Angeles. As one character puts it: "Gay men in LA are a bunch of 10's looking for an 11."

Essentially the tale of a Queer sports team comprised of staff and management at a popular restaurant run by elderly patriarch John Mahoney ("Frasier"), the film's paper-thin narrative is roused by a combination of lively dialogue and well-defined characters, played to perfection by a terrific cast, culled mostly from the New York stage: Ben Weber is the 'Plain Joe' whose inability to attract a boyfriend is due more to his lack of self-esteem than absence of personality; Dean Cain (Superman himself!) is a hunky aspiring actor who leaves a trail of broken hearts in his wake; punk-style Zach Braff portrays a gym-queen, wilfully blind to the dark side of gym culture; Matt McGrath and Justin Theroux are ex-lovers who can't seem to let go of one another; and Andrew Keegan is the cute new kid who stumbles into this disparate group whilst struggling to come to terms with his burgeoning sexuality. The unofficial pack-leader (Timothy Olyphant) is smart and sassy, and increasingly aware of the personal opportunities he's sacrificed in his relentless pursuit of casual sex with strangers.

The actors invigorate a fairly routine scenario, though Olyphant (whose demonic good looks have typecast him in too many villainous roles) dominates proceedings as a young man standing at the crossroads of his life, seeking confirmation of his own personal value. Mahoney is funny, wise and dignified as the Shakespeare-quoting softball coach, and Broadway singer-actor Billy Porter gets some of the best lines in a role that otherwise amounts to little more than comic relief. Beefcake is provided by supermodel-turned-actor Michael Bergin ("Baywatch: Hawaii") and Christian Kane (semi-regular on TV's "Angel") in cameo roles, and the lovely Kerr Smith appears briefly in one of the movie's best scenes. Watch out, too, for a memorable appearance by Jennifer Coolidge as a 'helpful' hair stylist who brings the house down with a single line of dialogue! However, a subplot involving Weber's sister (Mary McCormack) and her attempts to become a mother with long-term partner Nia Long is underdeveloped to the point of redundancy (memo to gay movie makers: if you're gonna include lesbians in these otherwise all-male offerings, do 'em properly or not at all!), and Cain's much-publicized 'kiss' with Keegan is coyly hidden by the angle at which it's filmed, a hideous cop-out (the eminently straight Olyphant has no such qualms - he kisses his male co-stars with reckless abandon!). Shot on location by cinematographer Paul Elliott (AND THE BAND PLAYED ON), the movie has the look and feel of a widescreen TV show, dominated by closeups and medium shots which invalidate Berlanti's use of the scope format.

Gay cinema doesn't really need another romantic comedy, but while "Broken Hearts" doesn't offer anything new, it's salvaged by snappy editing, a quickfire pace, and first-class performances by some of America's finest young actors. And thanks to a clever, throwaway bit of name-dropping, the movie offers fleeting confirmation - at last! - of the role played by sex-god Antonio Sabato Jr. in the fantasies of hormonally-charged gay teenagers everywhere! Been there, done that...

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