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The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Patrick
... Dennis
... Howie
... Benji
Nora Burns ... Female Shopper
... Cole
... Larry
John Brandon ... Mickey
... Josephine
... Cop
... Taylor
... Jack
... Leslie
... Anne
... Marshall
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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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The shortest distance between friends isn't always a straight line.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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20 October 2000 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

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

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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, don't look now but.
[Patrick looks]
Howie: I could kill you!
Patrick: What? You act like he would never know we were checking him out.
Howie: He wouldn't even know I was a fag if I wasn't here with you and your cart full of kitchenwares.
Patrick: What planet are you living on? There isn't a person in this entire store who wouldn't pick you off the homo tree in a second!
Howie: Oh keep telling yourself that.
Patrick: Excuse me, Miss.
[woman walks over]
Patrick: This man, you've never seen him before in your life. Tell me, fag, not a fag?
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Been there, done that. . .this is true to my experiences. . .
22 June 2004 | by See 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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