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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


An Ex-Rated Comedy See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 USA:

$39,172,785, 4 June 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Old 97's are performing their song 'Time Bomb' while Brooke is waiting for Gary at the concert. The Old 97's also played the same song during the opening credits of another Vince Vaughn movie, Clay Pigeons (1998). See more »


When Gary wakes to find the singers in the bedroom, his socks are one color after he wakes up and a different color upon entering the bedroom. See more »


[first lines]
Gary: Come on, come on, come on.
Johnny O: All right, here we go.
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Referenced in How to Be a Serial Killer (2008) See more »


La Vem a Baiana
Written by Dorival Caymmi
Performed by Jussara Silveira
Courtesy of Dubas Musicas Brasil
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25 August 2006 | by 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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