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Breaking Upwards (2009)

TV-MA | | Romance | 14 March 2009 (USA)
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A young New York couple intricately strategize their own break up.

Director:

Daryl Wein

Writers:

Peter Duchan (screenplay), Zoe Lister-Jones (screenplay) (as Zoe Lister Jones) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoe Lister-Jones ... Zoe (as Zoe Lister Jones)
Daryl Wein ... Daryl
Julie White ... Joanie
Andrea Martin ... Helaine
Peter Friedman ... Alan
LaChanze ... Maggie
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... Dylan
Olivia Thirlby ... Erika
Pablo Schreiber ... Turner
Heather Burns ... Hannah
Tate Ellington ... Brian
Francis Benhamou ... Lindsay
David Call ... David
Sam Rosen Sam Rosen ... Jack
Max Jenkins ... Frosh
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Their marriage turning stifling after just four years, a young New York couple attempts to escape their ennui by carefully strategizing their own breakup. Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, real-life couple Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones star as themselves in order to offer an unguarded exploration of young love, lust, and the hardships of codependency. By exploring alternatives to monogamy, creating arbitrary rules for their relationship, and doing everything in their power to avoid getting emotionally bruised, Daryl and Zoe attempt to discover a means of growing apart, together. Written by lament

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Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doseis horismou See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,467, 4 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$76,382, 16 May 2010
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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We walked out
30 May 2010 | by jmc4769See all my reviews

My wife and I see a lot of independent movies and in our opinion, this is one of the worst of the year. We ended up walking out about two-thirds of the way through. In Breaking Upwards Daryl and Zoe are a twenty-something New York couple who have been together for four years. One day she decides that even though she still loves Daryl, all the excitement has gone out their relationship (sex is so boring). Though a little puzzled by Zoe's coolness, Daryl agrees to explore different options.

Our main problem was that we didn't like Zoe. She is one of those girls who are pretty poison. She's attractive enough to bewitch the guys but too neurotic, self-centered, and lacking in self-esteem to sustain a long-term relationship. Daryl is a nice enough guy and he could do better. We were rooting for him to break up with Zoe and find a more normal girl.

Zoe Lister Jones is not going to win any acting awards for this movie. And the script only makes things worse. Much of it is boring improvisation (or so it seems). Some scenes, particularly the karaoke scene, are painful to watch. Another frustration is the "idiot plot": Daryl and Zoe do so many things to sabotage their romance. Any idiot in the audience would know better. Their main plan is to take certain days of the week off from the relationship. Their parents ask, "What does that mean? We don't understand." Neither do we.


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