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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vince Vaughn's parents have bit roles in the movie. His mother plays a tourist and his father plays Jennifer Aniston's father. See more »

Goofs

When the exterior marquee sign for the Riviera is first shown close-up, all the little white lights beneath the title are working perfectly. Then, in the very next shot, when it's shown from a little further away, an entire section of marquee lights is out. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gary: Come on, come on, come on.
Johnny O: All right, here we go.
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Another disappointment in Aniston's oeuvre
11 June 2006 | by anhedoniaSee all my reviews

There's a moment in "The Break-Up" when art gallery owner Marilyn Dean (Judy Davis) turns to Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) and says, "This isn't surrealism. This isn't cubism. This is paint-by-numbers." Marilyn's referring to Brooke's relationship crisis with Gary (Vince Vaughn), but she very well could have been talking about the film. Of course, I doubt the writers, Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavendar, have that much of a sense of irony.

I realize there are loads of disappointed moviegoers who went in expecting a romantic comedy - and the film's trailers are to blame for that, I suppose - and, instead, found a bleakly dark film about the break-up of a relationship. Frankly, that's the only refreshing thing about this film.

This isn't a pat romantic comedy. However, it has all the trappings and clichés of one, down to the obligatory best friend for each main character. In Brooke's case, it is Addie, played by Joey Lauren Adams, who still has the cutest husky voice on film. And for Gary, there's Johnny O, played by Jon Favreau (what a shock!).

I have no problem sitting through a film that recounts a couple's break-up and the lengths to which they go to make the other miserable and/or jealous. However, in "The Break-Up," neither Gary nor Brooke is all that interesting a person. And - talk about suspension of disbelief - it's incredibly tough to swallow that these two would ever have found each other even vaguely interesting.

Both Brooke and Gary are pedestrian people. Their arguments are, to quote Marilyn, paint-by-numbers. He's immature and accuses her of always nagging him; she complains he never listens to her and takes her for granted.

So we get to see these two bicker and yell about nothing; their methods to make each other jealous are neither inventive nor humorous. Watching this movie, I remembered how much I enjoyed "The War of the Roses" (1989), a superb, dark comedy about a disintegrating relationship. But that film was smart, had passion and Oliver and Barbara Rose's revenge was gleefully funny. There was something perversely delightful about that film. And we understood why Oliver and Barbara Rose liked each other so much, thanks to terrific chemistry between Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.

I have no idea whether Aniston and Vaughn have any on-screen chemistry. Because in "The Break-Up," we never ever get a sense of why Brooke and Gary are together or what brought them together. The film would've been well served had Garelick and Lavendar thought to give us a glimpse of these two people in love, so that we could then understand and sympathize when we saw their relationship crumbling. Instead, the writers resort to lazy storytelling. The film is peopled with dull and/or typical characters. The only pleasant surprise is Jason Bateman, turning an underwritten role of a rather slimy real estate agent into something that, at least, makes one smile. The always-terrific Vincent D'Onofrio's sparse scenes only make us yearn for more of him in this movie.

The others are true toss-aways. What Ann-Margret is doing in this movie as Brooke's mom is beyond me. They couldn't have plucked any middle-aged woman off the street for this thankless role? Ann-Margret's only purpose seems to be to provide some sort of musical background for a dinner-table scene that just strains to be funny. Apparently, we continue paying the price for "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997).

There's nothing wrong about watching a movie about the break-up of a relationship. Francois Ozon handled the subject matter beautifully in "5X2" (2004), and just before I saw "The Break-Up," I watched another the French film, "Clara et Moi" (2004). Now, there was a film dealing with real issues, gave us characters we cared about and with whom we sympathized because we knew what brought them together and why they loved each other. Compared to those two films, "The Break-Up" seems downright mediocre and superficial, which is exactly what it is.


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