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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

The hardware store scene early in the film was shot at Laurel Hardware, which closed in 2009. See more »

Goofs

As Cole closes the door of the rental car, you can see the director, cameraman, soundman (with boom mic) reflected in the closing door. See more »

Quotes

Howie: Meanwhile.
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Connections

References Aquaman (1967) See more »

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25 March 2004 | by nickbassett1981See all my reviews

Greg Berlanti's film is worthy of a lot of praise in a society where gay men tend to only fulfill certain stereotypes. A character, Howie mentions how he would like to see gay men being represented as something other than the woman's best friend, the hustler, the aids victim or the sex addict and this film does tend to try hard to avoid these stereotypes. The script is brilliantly written and sparkles when it is at its peak. At its worst, it may be a little bit cliche ridden but hey..it also has originality ( I have taken "Meanwhile" and now its commonplace down ere!) and is not afraid to portray gay men as just a group of lads who are falling in and out of relationships, liek any other group of young men. However certain characters do tend to bring the pace down a little and it does sometimes seem to have the sentiment that gay men have got it so bad compared to everyone else in the world. Timothy Olyphant stands out here in an able cast, made up primarily of TV actors. My only grumble was the inclusion of the lesbian couple who seemed to only be there to represent the ladies and also to give Howie a meatier role. 4/5


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