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The Break-Up (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  2 June 2006 (USA)
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In a bid to keep their luxurious condo from their significant other, a couple's break-up proceeds to get uglier and nastier by the moment.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carson Wigham
Wendy Meyers
Howard Meyers
Elaine Robinson ...
Carol Grobowski
Jane Alderman ...
Mrs. Grobowski


In Chicago, the art dealer Brooke Meyers feels not appreciated and neglected by her immature boyfriend Gary Grobowski, who is partner with his two brothers in a tourism business, and decides to break-up with him to make Gary miss her. Gary misunderstands her true intention, both follow the wrong advice of family members and friends, beginning a war of sexes with no winner. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 June 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La rupture  »

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Box Office


$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$39,172,785 (USA) (2 June 2006)


$2,412,807 (Argentina) (15 September 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the opening scene at Wrigley Field, Jon Favreau makes a reference to going to "Wiener Circle" to have hot dogs after the game. Wiener Circle is a hot dog stand famous for the staff yelling and cursing at you when you order. If you do not return the favor, they do not take your order. Generally, though, this only happens late at night on the weekends. See more »


The movie opens with Gary giving a tour on his bus during what is obviously summer in Chicago. Then the next scene is Brooke working in the gallery on the same day telling the receptionist that "Christmas was a month ago" and to therefore stop answering the phones "Happy Holidays." This would mean it must be the end of January. Then the next scene is Gary coming home and turning on a baseball game, which could only happen between April and November. See more »


[first lines]
Gary: Come on, come on, come on.
Johnny O: All right, here we go.
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Referenced in Entourage: What About Bob? (2006) See more »


Marilyn's Theme
Written & Produced by Greg Morgenstein
Piano - Jeff Bhasker
Bass - Dan Lutz
Drums - Matt Slocum
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25 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is not your garden variety romantic comedy, thank god! I loved the authenticity of this movie. I don't know anyone who has been in a serious relationship that wouldn't relate to this movie. Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston are superb- they are both so credible and organic in these roles. Not sure about the bizarre-ish people the characters may surround themselves in the movie- family, friends and co-workers definitely are weird- but maybe they serve as a springboard to really bring the 2 main characters to life. (maybe comedic relief, too) In any case, so refreshing to watch a movie that is realistic and unpretentious. The opening scenes are scrapbook photos when the couple were together- they were wonderful- the exact types of photos most of us have in our own scrapbooks. It isn't an indie art-house film, but a big production that doesn't follow a relationship formulaic predictor for ratings, insead it portrays arguments and a break up in a realistic way. Lack of communication, lack of effort, too much pride, battles over what isn't so important but seems so at the time- all that. I was also pleased that it didn't wrap up in a big red bow at the end like most Hollywood movies.

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