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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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Peyton Reed

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Jeremy Garelick (screenplay), Jay Lavender (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Vaughn ... Gary Grobowski
Jennifer Aniston ... Brooke Meyers
Joey Lauren Adams ... Addie
Cole Hauser ... Lupus Grobowski
Jon Favreau ... Johnny O
Jason Bateman ... Riggleman
Judy Davis ... Marilyn Dean
Justin Long ... Christopher
Ivan Sergei ... Carson Wigham
John Michael Higgins ... Richard Meyers
Ann-Margret ... Wendy Meyers
Vernon Vaughn ... Howard Meyers
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Dennis Grobowski
Elaine Robinson Elaine Robinson ... Carol Grobowski
Jane Alderman Jane Alderman ... Mrs. Grobowski
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Storyline

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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An Ex-Rated Comedy See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site | UIP [France]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viviendo con mi ex See more »

Filming Locations:

Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$118,703,275

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$204,999,686
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Joey Lauren Adams is bathing the kids she pulls the soap out of one of their mouths and says, "We'll save that for when you're twelve." This is clearly a nod to A Christmas Story where Peter Billingsly, Joey's husband in The Break Up, plays Ralphie and gets a mouth full of soap at twelve. See more »

Goofs

When Gary's brother asks for the tour logs, he takes out his handkerchief to clean out his ears, a second later when Gary drives away it is gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gary: Come on, come on, come on.
Johnny O: All right, here we go.
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Alternate Versions

A version aired on TNT pixilates the shot of Jennifer Aniston's bare butt when she walks away from Vince Vaughn. See more »


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Owner of a Lonely Heart
Written by Trevor Rabin, Jon Anderson, Trevor Horn, Chris Squire
Arranged by John Michael Higgins
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Simply Fantastic
8 November 2006 | by sixdayssouthSee all my reviews

Honestly, I was completely shocked by this film. I didn't see it in theaters because it honestly didn't look like the type of film I would typically find appealing. But when the DVD was released, I snatched it up in a hurry because my wife loves romantic comedies. And that's exactly what we thought we were going to get. Instead we got a poignant, heartfelt and almost painfully realistic piece of insight into the psychology and calamity of two people struggling to hold onto something they never had ahold of in the first place: love.

First of all, I must say that Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston were absolutely fantastic. I'm a huge fan of Vince's and I've enjoyed Jennifer in most of the films I've seen her in, but I've never appreciated either of them as much as I did in The Break-up. Their acting was directly on-target. The initial fight scene (when the break-up actually occurs) was so phenomenal I actually paused the movie when it was over just to take it all in. I've never seen two people on screen portray a 'lovers quarrel' so accurately and realistically. Hats off to Jen and Vince for an outstanding performance.

The movie definitely has its funny moments. Vince brings his usual fast-talking wit to the screen and that's an instant recipe for comedy in my book. But what I really took from this movie, as someone who is in a committed relationship and understands (as well as the average person can) the complexities of love, was its underlying message. Love is not all moonlight and roses; it's not always romantic, it's not always fun and it's sure as hell not always easy. But hard work, dedication and a solid foundation of love and respect can bring two people through just about anything together. This movie is absolutely brilliant and I'd recommend it to anyone, but especially married couples or people in committed relationships.


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