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The combined star power of Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers,Swingers) and Jennifer Aniston (Bruce Almighty,The Good Girl) makesThe Break-Upa high-profile romantic comedy. Gary (Vaughn) and Brooke (Aniston) find that their brittle relationship may have reached the breaking point--but neither is willing to give up the condo they co-own. As their fighting grows increasingly bitter, neither is sure if they're fighting to get out of the relationship or to save it.The Break-Upis an odd combination of realistic scenes that capture the harsh yet human ways that lovers can hurt each other, and broad comic scenes with a more farcical edge. Both types of scenes are entertaining on their own terms--the movie is never boring--but they don't fully mesh, and as a result it's hard to engage emotionally with either Gary or Brooke. But the sterling supporting cast--including Jon Favreau (Wimbledon), Cole Hauser (The Cave), Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy), John Michael Higgins (A Mighty Wind), Justin Long (Dodgeball), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Vincent D'Onofrio (Happy Accidents), and the ever-delirious Judy Davis (Husbands and Wives)--give every scene they're in a boost of comic energy. An uneven but enjoyable movie that may suffer from viewers having overly high expectations due to Vaughn and Aniston's celebrity.--Bret Fetzer
Must Read !! Must Rent No one can TOP this story. So here it goes...planned a meeting in Chicago with the greatest guy. Huge day, night and day at Wrigley and followed it up with this movie. While in Chicago, seemed fitting but what a jinx to be half way in and have the St. Regis of all places have a disfunction with the service provider. Learned later that every hotel had a problem over Labor Day. Nevertheless, the most perfect weekend, was spoiled by this movie, and then of course my own situation ended in similiar results. Don't walk, run. Rent the movie. You will laugh out loud, and as I have later, realized that compromises are important but character is critical. As JA said, people are unbelieveably resilient AN ABSOLUTE FAVORITE ON SO MANY LEVELSComical, Yes. But It's Not a Comedy. Marketed as a light hearted comedy about a couple who break up thenrefusing to leave the condo they have shared for the past several years, THE BREAK-UP is anything but light-hearted and is one of the worst "big" movies of the 2006 summer season. The film stars Vince Vaughn as the biggest jerk in the film, Gary Grobowski and Jennifer Aniston as his lover, Brooke Meyers (ironically this film about spoiled relationships and refusals of reconciliation brought Vaughn and Aniston together as a couple). After a dinner with both Brooke and Gary's families present, the two become involved in a heated argument. Gary, being the stubborn, pig-headed male that he is, refuses to take the first step and apologize for his overdramatics. Thus, what begins as a simple failure to communicate turns into an extended "he said, she said" and "he did, she did" fight that escalates beyond the point of no return.
There are a few funny moments in the movie, the film includes a strong cast with some fine acting, and it does a good job of displaying some of the differences between how men and women deal with difficulties. Both Brooke and Gary desperately want reconciliation between each other, but neither is willing to bridge the gap and perform the work that needs to be done. Instead, they each attempt to make the other become angrier and more upset than they already are. Each attempt that Brooke makes to turn Gary jealous and upset fails. Her attempts fail because each of her attempts are things that would upset a woman. Brooke mistakenly believes that Gary thinks the same way that she does. However, Gary is a man and instead of Brooke's attempts infuriating, they propel him to further compete in what he believes is nothing more than a game of one-upmanship. On the other hand, Gary does know what can hurt Brooke and each one of his efforts severely hurt Brooke. That is Gary's mistake, he believes the whole thing to be one big game.
THE BREAK-UP is a major let-down. Watching the film is similar to watching two people purposely destroy their lives, knowing it's not what they want to do, but because of pride they refuse to stop. It's extremely sad and despite the realistic moments, it is so depressing it becomes too unrealistic. THE BREAK-UP, however, is the best movie I've seen in a long time to illustrate the importance of commitment in a romantic relationship. Despite that, it's really not worth the time to watch.Very Very Good Break Up Story... Certainly not a feel-good romantic comedy movie, but the script was well written. The story about a couple fighting and breaking up might seem ordinary, but this movie seems to have hit home. It is as realistic as it can be. Though many people expected the ending to be positive, I think the movie's choice was better. Jennifer Aniston continues to charm us with her natural beauty and talent. While I'm not a big fan of Vince Vaughn, I'd say he's quite good here in this movie as he portrayed a very typical sloppy guy attitude. It just looked very natural, very common and realistic.
It's not one of those movies that ends and makes you wish life were like that to you. This movie may disappoint some coz it didn't end the way they like it, but it's kind of like a wake-up call for men and women out there. Men don't know what they're missing, until they've lost it.