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The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000)

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An insight into the turbulent lives and loves of a gay clique based in Los Angeles.

Director:

Greg Berlanti

Writer:

Greg Berlanti
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Weber ... Patrick
Timothy Olyphant ... Dennis
Matt McGrath ... Howie
Zach Braff ... Benji
Nora Burns Nora Burns ... Female Shopper
Dean Cain ... Cole
Chris Payne Gilbert ... Larry
John Brandon John Brandon ... Mickey
Diane McBain ... Josephine
Robert Peters ... Cop
Billy Porter ... Taylor
John Mahoney ... Jack
Nia Long ... Leslie
Mary McCormack ... Anne
Justin Theroux ... Marshall
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

8x10's See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$109,694, 1 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,744,858, 18 February 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

David Downs who played the unspoken therapist role was hired due to the fact that he was a cinema teacher to the director. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Patrick: I couldn't do it.
Leslie: See I told you he was gonna start some shit.
Anne: You couldn't do it?
Patrick: I need material.
Anne: They don't have material?
Patrick: Well the whole "Hustler" ouvre isn't exactly helping my cause right now.
Howie: Oh my God it's embarrassing to even be seen in here! You owe me so big for this hag! You know my issues with buying porno.
Leslie: Hurry up!
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Connections

References Little House on the Prairie (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

I Always Get My Man
Written by John Hahn and Joe Hudson
Performed by Shemekia Copeland
Courtesy of Alligator Records
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Been there, done that. . .this is true to my experiences. . .
22 June 2004 | by bekayessSee 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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