Break Up, the - Hard to Do

Category: comedy
Available: On DVD
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Warning: The Break Up is not your motherís rom-com.

This is no silly film that puts a couple in a misunderstanding that they conveniently work out in 95 minutes with a big music filled kiss and a few good but safe chuckles along the way. The Break Up is too smart for that.

The Break Up is closer to a Woody Allen film. Itís an admittedly funny examination of a relationship falling apart. Spoiler! They donít get back together in the end and you know what, they shouldnít. This examines what happens when two people realize they arenít right for each other. Some sort of saving moment where everything is resolved and the couple walk off into the sunset happily ever after would have been fake and honestly ridiculous. Instead, we get an interesting film where we actually care about what happens to our protagonists.

The Break Up starts out where most films end. The credits are a montage of photos of the happy couple. Then the film starts and things fall apart. We see that these two people care about each other, but we also see that they are hurting each other more than they help. The fight that ends the relationship is well written and biting. Itís realistic. People say things they regret and not just easily retractable things that they can get over by the end.

Then the film gets into what could have been a predictable series of events where each one tries to make the other jealous or win the ďwar.Ē However, Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, along with the smart script, keep it from reaching predictable levels. Instead you see these characters both regressing and growing, learning about who they are and where they are going.

The Break Up is also really funny. There are sequences of humour that are gut busting funny along side the scenes of real emotional impact. Supported by an amazing cast that includes Jason Bateman, Judy Davis, Ann Margaret, John Favreau, Vincent DíOnofrio, John Michael Higgens and Justin Long, Vaughn and Aniston connect in great performances. The Break Up, for all the entertaining it does, is also very believable.

Okay, so there is a hint of happy ending suggested in the end, but itís not forced. It also feels real. The Break Up is a surprising film for the middle of summer. A welcome surprise. Thumbs up to Peyton Reed (director of the underrated Down With Love) for making such a charming film for these two Hollywood stars.

Review By: Collin Smith

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