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This is definitely a movie which i would recommend to anyone who wants an original romantic comedy. The movie was not at all what I expected and plenty of elements took me by surprise- but the whole spirit of the film remained light and preppy despite some rather depressing undertones. The Break Up certainly provided me with laughs, anticipation, and even a couple of tears. While it's quite an atypical romantic comedy, it marvelously blends humor with romance, satire, friendship to give a very realistic portrayal of relationships. Trust me when I say that this film has nothing to do with the classic elements which you usually see in typical romantic comedies.
Brooke Meyers is an elegant art dealer. Gary Groboswki is a jovial Chicago tourist guide. In spite of their differences, the two of them fall in love and move in together. But a couple of years later, the couple breaks up but decide to continue living in the same condo until they manage to sell it. Still, both of them secretly hope to get back together again. However, when well-wishers and family decide to interfere and offer their own advices, things start getting ugly...
I have to say that the first thing which impressed me with the movie- apart from its amazing originality- was the chemistry between Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. Despite the regular "fight" scenes and heated arguments between them, you could still sense the very strong chemistry, and this enhanced the image that this couple was desperately trying to make it work and failing at it. The chemistry was so powerful that by the end of the movie, I was gripping my seat and hoping that they would get back together. I definitely think that it's the chemistry, as well as the actors' powerful screen presence which really drew the audience in: you end up genuinely caring for them and wanting their relationship to work. Also, both Vaughn and Aniston were great in the comic scenes together.
As previously mentioned, there was a hefty dose of realism in the movie, despite the overall comic elements. In fact, I personally know a couple who ended up having this huge, public argument in front of all their friends. That's not to mention how many points that were raised by both parties in the film were really valid: these are actually the sort of arguments which you would see in real life. However, the amazing thing is that despite the realistic elements, the movie still does not fail in making the audience laugh. Also, the arguments scenes contrasted strongly with the romance in the movie, and that added quite a nice, original touch to it. I would in fact say that in this particular romantic comedy, the arguments come first; romance is more in the background. Paradoxically, the fight scenes really make you realize the love which existed between the couple. Prior to watching the film, I was worried about whether it would turn out to be one of these heavy movies which lecture you on the grounds and morals of a strong marriage, but I was pleasantly mistaken: The Break Up remains true to its spirited, light and preppy atmosphere from start to end.
Deleted scenes, extended scenes and outtakes
Improv with Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau
In Perfect Harmony: The Tone Rangers
Three Brothers: A tour of Chicago
The Making of
The Extras were quite great, actually. If you liked Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau in "Swingers", I would certainly recommend that you watch "Improv with Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau". They explain how most of their scenes were improvised with no prior set lines, and give other insightful details about the way in which they work together in their movies.
Like Gary, I'm personally not fond of the Tone Rangers (an accapella group in the movie), so I wasn't overly impressed that they included a bit on the Tone Rangers in the DVD Extras. But you might want to check it out if that interests you.
Among the Extras, I would also highly recommend the deleted scenes and extended scenes: while some of them were justifiably removed, other scenes were really great and made me wish that they'd kept it in.
Cast List includes:
Vince Vaughn as Gary
Jennifer Aniston as Brooke
Joey Adams as Addie
Cole Hauser as Lupus
Jon Favreau as Johnny
Jason Bateman as Mark
Judy Davis as Marilyn Dean
Overall, this is quite an interesting movie. It's a bit of a devilish fun to watch how two people from radically different backgrounds, with radically different friends struggle to make their relationship work. This movie gives you everything from romance to drama, comedy and sadness.
Very highly recommended indeed!
~Thanks for reading~
Gary (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke's (Jennifer Aniston) relationship is in a crisis. Brooke doesn't think that Gary appreciates all that she is putting out for him and their relationship, while Gary thinks he's doing more than enough being a hard-working tour bus guide. This then leads to Brooke telling him in a rage of frustration that she doesn't want to be with him anymore, which quickly escalates into an all-out war between the two, Brooke trying to scheme Gary to understand how important she really is to him, and Gary in his turn retaliating in his own headstrong manner by being obstinately stubborn. Directed by Peyton Reed in 2006, The Break-Up is a curious film. At first it seems like it is one of any number of romantic comedies where a couple ends up facing problems with each other, and then following some quirky scenes of them trying to one-up the other with the help of their individual friends, they eventually reach a heart-warming conclusion that brings them back together again as they realise how much they truly mean to one another. But The Break-Up is not like that. Instead it is a bleak drama that seems to try to masquerade among well-accepted romantic comedy clichés, but fails to really offer that satisfying conclusion you'd expect from those types of films. In short, The Break-Up is the type of film that easily leaves you feeling very conflicted and certainly very unsatisfied by its end. The acting performances of the entire cast are quite good, and the main leads of Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston are on top-form, with Vaughn's Gary being infuriatingly self-obsessed and oblivious without totally loosing the sympathy card, while Aniston's Brooke is understandably sympathetic and strong even amidst the somewhat childish tricks she pulls. Also the supporting cast, though many representing well-defined genre types you've seen a million times, pull off good performances with apparent practiced confidence. But this is all really undermined by the one thing that you really need to ask when coming into watching this movie: why would you want to watch a movie about a break-up?
This is the very crux of the matter right there. A break-up is not a pleasant thing, and when played as nasty as it truly is with the actors pulling no stops in showing just how bad it can be, then who in their right minds is actually supposed to enjoy watching this slow train wreck in motion? I certainly didn't. And I really have to wonder who ever thought this actually would be a good idea to turn into a movie, let alone one starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn with so many obvious staples of a rom-com thrown in. Simply I have no idea really to whom this film was supposed to be aimed at in the first place, and it doesn't help matters in the least that you don't really even want these two to solve their problems and get back together. Their relationship is clearly so badly hurt that nothing good would come of it anyway, and this is exactly where the film tends to fail on a very fundamental level. It is literally a break-up, and it doesn't even bring the fantasy element into it to give you a truly happy or satisfying ending. It is just a whole load of pain for most of its duration that automatically makes any conclusion either feel like a copout, or leaves you feeling confused as to what you were supposed to get out of watching this whole mess. Also, one can't help but pull parallels with the personal lives of the main stars seeing as Jennifer Aniston had just come out of a nasty and highly publicised divorce with Brad Pitt not a long time before this, and indeed around the time of this movie she was then seen going out with none other than Vince Vaughn. It's almost like The Break-Up was some kind of a therapeutic move on Aniston's part by starring in a movie where her relationship ends, and ironically then finding a new lover for a few months in her co-star in real life. In a way one might see this film as being the equivalent of Brad Pitt's Mr. and Mrs. Smith in Aniston's career, seeing how Pitt's movie of course was popularly the one where he met Angelina Jolie that made him cheat on his wife, ergo causing the divorce of the "Hollywood Dream Couple". It really is like Aniston giving an up yours to the whole thing via this film (though I don't really know if she actually had this on the books before that whole hulabaloo came about to start with), and makes one question the validity of what you're truly seeing as anything worth a real film instead of some self-gratifying therapy.
So that's really what we have. The Break-Up is a movie that is just a nasty piece of work about one of those nasty things life unfortunately is filled with. Thankfully the characters weren't married here, so at least they could bypass the whole divorce mess (with all the fallout that would have brought), and I suppose there is a certain level of freshness to it as I can't think off hand any movies that dealt with a break-up quite this candidly, but in the end you are still left with wondering just to whom is this movie truly aimed at. And this ultimately, regardless of good acting performances, is what makes this venture quite pointless and frankly frustrating in the end. I just don't see how two miserable people trying to basically hurt one another for 100 minutes is in the least bit entertaining (regardless of the intentions of underlying feelings). It's the same as making a movie about somebody having a heart attack, getting strapped into a breathing machine, and then at the end of the film seeing him die: not something you want to see!
And yeah, I caught this on TV just now, so you won't think I'd actually hunt this movie down on DVD, let alone rent it.
© berlioz, 2010
I am big fan of Jennifer Aniston and one of the films I hadn't got around to viewing was this one. I remember the talk of her dating Vince Vaughn mind when this was being made and decided when I spotted it on Amazon for a couple of quid that it was high time I bit the bullet and purchased it and made that all important viewing!
Film Only Review:
We meet Gary And Brooke after a few years of being happy together after meeting at what I think was a baseball game and living in a apartment in New York. He has ideas of making the family business of a tour guide bus going big one day and expanding and she works at an art gallery for a vixen called Marilyn Dean.
However the relationship starts to crumble. She feels taken for granted and he wants to chill out more and Brooke starts to feel that Gary doesn't do anything for her and that they have little in common and would like that changed.
After what is a pretty silly fight (over lemons!) where I felt that both believed they were wrong straight after it , they held firm and then their relationship becomes almost like a mini war zone. Brooke sets out to try to make Gary see the error of his ways, he thinks she simply doesn't want him anymore and his best mate sort of confirms that.
Instead of talking it through the apartment is almost split down the middle by the rowing pair. Gary takes control of the living room and sleeps in there, Brooke takes the bedroom and life for the once upon a time couple become separate lives under one roof with bickering and ignoring.
Brooke dates other men, Gary springs parties and a pool table (much to the disgust of Brooke who never wanted one). It becomes a power game of who can annoy the other more...but the question is do they still love each other and can they fix their relationship before the apartment is sold.......and do they really want to?
The acting within this was rather good to be fair. Jen and Vince were amusing and I couldn't help almost shouting advice to each at my screen because as a viewer I could see both sides of the story and what they were failing to see as I had the full picture! It made me very much look at my own relationship and how I sometimes take things wrong!
The cast was excellent. Gary's pervy younger brother, Lupus was rather amusing in a nightclub whilst trying to get Gary on the pull again as was Richard who was Brookes brother who was camp and livened up a dinner party and also at one point had an amusing altercation with Gary in a bedroom.
However although the cast was good and their was a slight moral of a story it lacked energy and towards the end I felt it lost its way a bit. It didn't end the way I assumed it would though and I did get slightly emotional at the end of it however I felt it lacked a bit of punchiness it could had. It wasn't a terrible film it just could have been more memorable!
Vince Vaughn as Gary Grobowski
Jennifer Aniston as Brooke Meyers
Joey Lauren Adams as Addie Jones
Cole Hauser as Lupus Grobowski, Gary's brother
Jon Favreau as Johnny Ostrofski
Jason Bateman as Mark Riggleman
Judy Davis as Marilyn Dean
Justin Long as Christopher Hirons
John Michael Higgins as Richard Meyers, Brooke's brother
Ann-Margret as Wendy Meyers, Brooke's mom
Vincent D'Onofrio as Dennis Grobowski, Gary's other brother
Peter Billingsley as Andrew
Mary-Pat Green as Mischa
Keir O'Donnell as Paul Grant
Geoff Stults as Mike Lawrence
Release date(s) June 2, 2006 (2006-06-02)
Running time 105 minutes
Directed By: Peyton Reed
I remember really looking forward to watching this film as I like both Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughan. The film was released in UK in 2006 and was directed by Peyton Reed.
** Plot **
The film is about a couple who are in a bit of a rut, Brooke wants partner Gary to help her out more around the house and is generally feeling as though Gary is taking her for granted. However Gary doesn't see what hes doing wrong and thinks that he is the perfect partner. In a bit to show each other "whos right" they split their apartment into two and split up. Can they make up or will their childish tactics push them further away?
** The Cast **
Jennifer Aniston plays Brooke Meyers
Vince Vaughn plays Gary Grobowski
Jason Bateman plays Riggleman
Jon Favreau plays Johnny O
Joey Lauren Adams plays Addie
For a full list of cast you can visit www.imdb.com.
** DVD **
The dvd case has a picture of the couple on separate sides of the bed with a line going between them. When you enter the main menu this picture is present again and you are asked to pick what side you are on. I picked Brookes side and the film began. After watching I wandered if the film would have been different if I had picked Garys side, although it obviously wasn't.
** My Opinion **
I really liked this film and found the characters and plot easy to relate to. It is comical yet there are a number of touching moments within the film.
The filming is a bit sketchy although I think its meant to be like this. For example in some of the scenes it's a bit wobbly, this may be because it is trying to make it more realistic, which I think it helps to achieve.
I think this is by far the best film Jennifer Aniston has done her character is realistic although I wish we saw a bit more humour from her (even though she was playing "the grown up" out of the couple.
Vince Vaughn plays the selfish boyfriend well, although its nice to see a softer side to him within some of this film.
Overall this is a really good film to watch, its easy going and enjoyable.
The Break-up is a funny comedy in parts but it does have a deeper meaning to it that I'm sure alot of people can relate to at some point in their lives. If you're luck then you have the perfect relationship where nothing ever goes wrong and never argue, but in most cases you do argue. And then there are cases like in this movie where everything just breaks down and you can't live with that person. This movie really goes over the top in that department to the extremes for comical effect but you get the idea.
So to be honest when I watched this a few weeks back I did find it funny by then the harsh reality of what was happening hit me and I realised at a certain point that it was not all that funny after all. The movie is all about a couple who are living together and are quite happy when the movie begins but things start to go downhill rapidly with a couple of loose comments here and there. It's amazing how things go down hill so quickly. Gary is played by Vince Vaughn and Brooke is played by Jennifer Anniston and they make a great team and make it all the more real and believable throughout.
One or two idle comments at the start of the movie and suddenly cracks appear all over their relationship and friends have to take sides as the go at each other and do underhand things to try and get at the other one. Gary starts throwing parties and staying up till all hours drinking and Brooke starts dating other men and bringing them back to the apartment. Deep down there is still some love there but by the time they realise it, it's far too late and the wounds are too deep.
It does have some memorable and funny scenes but I would say it is perhaps a bit depressing at times more than it is funny. To see something escalate so quickly and degenerate into nothing with no feelings for each other is scary. I guess there are deep underlying issues but they try in this movie to go to the extreme and a complete break down rather than working through their issues like most of us would
It's worth watching for the performances of both Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Anniston who are fantastic as they go through hell together and to watch how things get so bad. It's a movie that everyone can relate to in some small part if you're in a relationship and does have it's funny moments but not laugh out loud funny all the way through. It is entertaining though and you won't be bored.
I watched this film for the first time this Saturday, I know I should have been out on a Saturday night but it's called not having any money. I'm a fan of both Aniston and Vaughn so assumed this would be a romantic comedy and they normally don't disappoint in this area. I have to say I did enjoy this movie but it wasn't what I was expecting.
The 2006 romance drama was directed by Peyton Reed and is starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn who also wrote the story.
A couple find themselves getting on each others nerves and one night when an argument goes too far they break up. It's not something either of them want but with neither wanting to back down the relationship soon reaches the point of no return.
More of a witty emotional drama then a romantic comedy. Don't expect this to have laugh out loud moments although the dialogue is witty in places. What I liked about this film is that if you've ever been in a relationship you can relate to the problems this couple are having. It's classic boy doesn't understand girl and girl doesn't understand boy. I actually found it a bit sad in places and both actors are believable as the bickering couple and you find yourself willing them back together. The ending took me by surprise and was not predictable and instead leaves you guessing.
The break up stars Jennifer Anniston and Vince Vaughn and was made in 2006. It focuses around the relationship of two busy career minded people who after being together for four years realise that things aren't working out how they planned. Gary (Vaughn) is a tour guide for his family business with his brothers and Brooke (Anniston) works for the extravagant art Gallery owner Marilyn Dean. As we all know with relationships it's the little things that build up and over time in this relationship Brooke finally snaps when she asks Gary to get her 12 lemons for their dinner party. All the other little things come out like him not wanting to take her to the Ballet or do the dishes etc and after a heated argument they decide to break up.
As the pair of them are stubborn and neither one of them is prepared to move out of their apartment they decide to share the apartment and each have their own space. Brooke thinks that Gary will see what he has been missing and decide to do more in the relationship but things don't go to plan for her as he just becomes more stubborn and pushes her further away but all the time we see he is missing her.
Throughout the film we can see notable things that we can all relate to, the woman being expected to keep the place tidy and be the organised one as well as working a full time job and the man just wanting to play on his video game and watch the footy in his spare time. The woman going places that her man wants to go to while the man complains if he has to put himself out to go to somewhere he dislikes because his partner would like to go. The film really does relate to our every day relationships perfectly and shows how each side looks into the relationship and how one could become complacent while the other is slowly boiling up inside.
On the comedy side of things there are a few laughs here and I do like Vaughn normally but he was such a slob and unlikeable character in this movie it put me off a bit. I just wanted to scream at him, 'look at the gorgeous girl you have here, what are you doing??' which I suppose it part of the film idea I guess (but maybe too close to home for me haha) Saying that he isn't a complete monster through the film and we do see a bit of emotion when she brings a guy home but still he does nothing being too stubborn to admit he is in the wrong.
Anniston was her usual charming self and she looked really great in this film and we do seem to lean towards her character more in the film as we are sympathetic to her needs and see how frustrated she is getting with this man who doesn't see that doing the dishes for 5 minutes means the world to his partner in the thought that it takes to do something like that without being asked! She does use a few tricks of her own through the film though so is not entirely innocent but her acting is so good in this film that when she is let down by him again you really feel moved by her emotions. I, and possibly many many women, can definitely relate to her character in this film and no doubt the men might actually see things from a woman's perspective if they watch it!
Overall this movie is one I would watch again even though it is not your typical lovey dovey everything turns out great movie. Don't expect to watch this movie and then feel like everything is great with the world as it will not do this for you. There are some loose ties at the end and I feel it leaves you a bit empty and sitting there when the end titles come up thinking is that it? Hey come on, what happens next?
3/5 for me as could have done with a bit more comedy I feel and a better ending
I have just finished watching The Break Up from my lovefilm.com order and thought right now would be the ideal time to write my review.
*Awards & Nominations*
Released in 2006 and starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston as the leading characters, The Break Up was nominated for 6 awards and won the Teen Choice aware for 'chemistry' between Vaughn and Aniston and also the ASCAP aware for top box office film.
Jennifer Aniston plays Brooke Meyers who catches the eye of Gary Grobowski, played by Vince Vaughn. Their romance quickly blossoms and we see them buy a luxury 'condo' and set about a blissful life together. The blissful life does not happen and they argue furiously before Brooke breaks up with Gary in the hope that it will make him miss her and appreciate her more.
Ensues a tug-o-war over the apartment and each others claim on the property. They play games with one another, each bringing back 'friends' to the apartments, trying to out-do each other.
I find myself recognise myself in Brooke, being selfish and unreasonable about the 'unimportant' things and expecting everything my way. I also recognised the 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus' theory here. In that, women are cryptic and men just don't understand women.
It has some comedy moments, although more a little chuckle rather than a laugh a minute funny. Some of the things Brooke and Gary do to try to gain control over the other are quite shocking, particularly Gary.
Aniston's performance is spot on as usual. I did find Vaughn was not overly convincing with his shouting / argument parts. The rest of the cast including Joey Lauren Adams are a good support.
*DVD Quirks / Extras*
The opening sequence of the DVD allows you to 'pick a side' - which is the films tagline. You can select 'him' or 'her' which simply takes you to a sequence of clips of either him or her.
The DVD includes commentary by Aniston and Vaughn and also by the Director, Payton Reed. I did not watch these so no comments there, but some may find it useful to know what is on the extras.
The film is about two single individuals who met at a baseball game and fell in love. They decided to buy a house together but with Gary (Vince Vaughn) refusal to do anything for anybody including his girlfriend Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) has put terrible pressure on their relationship which leads to an argument.
Broke calls her friend and asks for advice. She was told to tell Gary that it was not acceptable behaviour how he was treating her. In a heated discussion she ended up breaking up with him in the hope he would realise what he was missing, beg for her back and start to appreciate her. This however backfires on her and is the start of many childish but funny games they play to try and get back at each other.
In the end they end up calling a day and sold their apartment in the city. Broke decides to go travelling to get her head straight, visit the world, and take a one of a life time experience. Gary gets his act together, gets a new apartment and starts working on his boat doing tours for the cities popularity.
One day they both bump into each other in the street. It's an awkward moment for the pair who has a brief discussion about what they have been up to. They decided it best to catch up properly as Brooke has an appointment. As they are walking away from each other they keep looking back to see if the other is watching. And that's the cliff hanger. Do they get back together? I think so.
Bonus Features: Featurin commentary with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. Deleted Scenes. Extended Scenes. Outtakes and Alternate ending.
The film was brought out in 2006 and runs for approximately 1 hour 42mins. It contains use of strong language and moderate sex references, so for this reason it's only suitable for those who are 12 years and over.
I have to say I really enjoyed this film. It's not your typical comedy/romance film with a gooey ending. I thought it was great how the plot has been worked out. I would recommend this film to both males and females to watch. I liked the ending it's the first time I have seen an ending that never actually tells you what happened, but makes you believe what they want you to believe. Over all a good film.
You can purchase this film online from Asda for £3.93 with free delivery. Great price for a great film.
The break up is a romantic comedy that was released in 2006. The film was a huge financial success, making 4 times its budget of $52 million. It is rated 12A due to some mild nudity, some bad language and some fighting between a couple and it is 105 minutes long.
Brooke and Gary live together in Chicago and both are extremely into their jobs. Gary and his brother have a partnership in a tour company and Brooke works in an art gallery. It soon becomes apparent that the two are complete opposites. Brooke is a perfectionist and Gray is really a big kid, liking video games and sports. After a pretty big fight about each others' negative points, the couple end up in a war about the divide of the condo.
Neither of them want to give up the condo and a war between them breaks out. They both try to play tricks on the other to push them out and want to give up their half but they're both playing hard ball and neither are budging. Will they kiss and make up or will the condo end up in ruins?
Vince Vaughn - Gary Grobowski
Jennifer Aniston - Brooke Meyers
Joey Lauren Adams - Addie Jones
Cole Hauser - Lupus Grobowski
Jon Favreau - Johnny Ostrofski
Jason Bateman - Mark Riggleman
Judy Davis - Marilyn Dean
Justin Long - Christopher Hirons
Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston for me are comedy heaven. There has never been a film with either actor in that I haven't loved so I was really looking forward to seeing this one.
Both of the main characters come across as real and the actors manage to get the emotion over to the viewer in a fantastic way. It is very rare that we see a couple in a film going through real problems and manage to make them look and feel real at the same time. Vaughn and Anniston have great on screen chemistry so the relationship was very easy to believe.
Although this is supposed to be a romantic comedy, it has more of a drama to it as well. It was nice to see Vaughn and Anniston be serious and emotional when the story needed it, instead of a laugh a minute. I'm sure both male and female viewers will be able to relate to the problems that occur within the relationship and will at some point, had an aspect of it happen to them. I thought The Break Up had a good mix of comedy and reality and that's what makes a good film in my eyes.
My favourite part of the film was where Gary and Brooke try and out do the other in order to get control of the condo. I don't think I could ever go to such lengths to get what I wanted but it was funny to watch because they both knew what made the other tick and would blow it out of proportion to make them mad.
For anyone thinking that this is your typical chick flick, you are wrong. There are so many things in this film that will appeal to men. I loved this film and would happily watch it again. Recommended!
Before starting to write this film review I made a little research and I was surprised to find that this film was made in 2006. I was pretty sure that it was made last year. Well time passes extremely quickly... Anyway it was a good romantic comedy directed by the American film director Peyton Reed. His last success was the Yes man starring Jim Carrey. The screenplay was written by Vince Vaughn, Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavender. I usually don't like when the director and the screenplay writer is the same person (Trust the men) and I think it is not an advantage when the leading actor and the screenplay writer are the same (Love N' Dancing). Well this film was better than the mentioned ones but it wasn't an extraordinary one.
The classification of this film is 12 years and over because of the sex references and the strong language. The film was made in USA and the running time is 102 minutes. It was released in November 2006.
Jennifer Aniston - Brooke Meyers
Vince Vaughn - Gary Grobowski
Joey Lauren Adams - Addie Jones (Brooke's best friend)
Jon Favreau - Johnny Ostrofski (Gary's best friend)
Gary works as a partner and tour guide at his brother's tour company in Chicago. He is a great speaker and easily seduces Brooke. She works in an art gallery. They buy a condo together and Brooke designs the interior of the condo applying feng shui. As she is perfectionist and likes art the condo doesn't fit Gary's needs. After he goes home from work he likes to relax in front of the television or playing video games. He never appreciates Brooke's effort on cleaning the flat, cooking and doing the other household works. He never offers some help moreover is very untidy.
When Brooke ask some help to do the washing-up together Gary tries to convince her to leave it there for tomorrow. Brooke hates the untidiness so they have an argument. Actually the washing-up thing was just the catalyst in this argument because they had a lot of things to fight on.
They start to play bad tricks on each other and usually the subject of their war is the condo. They both want the other to give it up. How will their fight end up? Can their love survive such a bitter argument? Do their friends help them? If you haven't seen it yet it is high time you find your own answers...
This film was closer to a drama than a comedy in my opinion. I wouldn't say it was a chick flick either. It was a very realistic film with realistic problems. I think there are several similar arguments in families but this film doesn't really give you the right therapy.
Jennifer Aniston played the role of Brooke. She acted very well. I think she was a perfect match for this role. She played it authentically. She was pretty and beautiful and the chemistry between her and Gary worked very well.
The role of Gary was played by Vince Vaughn. He was extremely engaging when he worked as a tour guide. In some plots he was really brilliant but regarding the whole movie he was simple good. He was quite a good match for this role.
There were several small casts in this film my favourite one was the bus driver lady. She was driving with such a power that she made me laugh out loud. She drove the ship the same way. I don't know her name but she was really great and funny.
I liked the advice their friend gave them. There were some funny plots in the film but the movie was far away from the year's best comedy title.
The soundtrack of the movie was fitting the actual plot on the screen. When we saw pictures of the couple's happy moments we could hear the Queen's You Are My Best Friend. There was a returning tune when the leading actors were together. Some other famous songs from the film were You Oughta Know (Alanis Morissette) and Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen's song sung by Dwight Yoakam). My favourite song was the last one, Johnny Nash's I can see clearly now the rain has gone which gives some hints on the future happenings. I can't forget this song I'm still crooning it...
To sum up it was a good film I recommend you watching it. It is not a chick flick at all. It is about a couple who behave like couples in general nowadays. They choose the easiest way just like in real life. It hurts how realistic this film is. In my opinion it is closer to a drama than to a comedy. Watch it and decide it whether I was right.
Thanks for reading and rating!
** The Plot **
(Contains some spoilers)
Brooke Meyers (Jennifer Anniston) and Gary Grobowski (Vince Vaughn) are a couple who met at a ball game, when Brooke was on a date with someone else. The opening titles is basically Gary and Brooke's relationship through photographs.
Gary and his two brothers run a company providing tours on open top busses through the city of Chicago and Brooke works in an art gallery. They seem quite happy together, until they throw a dinner party for their families. Simple arguments and discussions relating to washing up and lemons ensue, leading Brooke to say she is done with the relationship. She does this not really knowing what will happen, but deep down hoping Gary will realise that he needs to be more thoughtful towards her. This enables a battle of the sexes to ensue with Brooke going out on dates and Gary turning the dining room into a pool hall.
After a few weeks the couple decide to sell their condo and go their separate ways. Brooke tries one last ditch attempt at holding out an olive branch by inviting Gary to a concert. Gary agrees to go, but when he doesn't show up Brooke knows that things are definitely over. This is actual the point where Gary realises he will loose Brooke forever, and tries to win her back by holding a dinner. Unfortunately Brooke doesn't want to get back together with him.
The film ends where Brooke has travelled for a while and Gary has built up his company he has with his brothers, only for them to bump into each other in the street.
** My Opinion **
This film has got to be one of the best rom-coms around. I first watched it when I was in a relationship that wasn't working. There were so many things that rang true for me, especially the "I want you to want to do the washing up" part.... so true!
There is a brilliant mix of humour in this film, mostly due to Vince Vaughn, but surprisingly Jennifer Anniston gives a good fight. One of my favourite scenes is when Brooke's brother tries to get everyone at the dinner party signing parts of a song in harmony. Genius.
The film also has its fair amount of heartbreaking scenes, one in particular when Brooke comes back from the concert and is sat crying on her bed. It shows that that's the end of the relationship and she has just realised.
The films ending is also very good. I honestly thought they would end up getting back together and everything would be very Hollywood, but refreshingly they don't. Admittedly when Brooke and Gary bump into each other
This comedy stars Vince Vaughn (Gary) and Jennifer Aniston (Brooke) as a couple whose relationship appears to have run its course after a few years together as they are now in a bit of a rut, she works long hours in an art gallery while he works as a tour guide and loves to spend his spare time watching sports and playing computer games.
When one final argument signals the end of their relationship and Brooke attempt to make Gary come to his senses fail and the two begin a spiral of recrimination that sees both refusing to take the blame for the end of their relationship or make the first move to patch things up. It soon resorts into a tit for tat feud with each one trying to out do the other.
As far as romantic comedies go this was not a good effort, Vaughn looks sort of enbarressed that he is appeaing in the film and Aniston has no real charisma on film seemingly she used it all up in her role as Rachel in Friends.
There is a sparsity of laughs in this film to such a degree that it hardly qualifies as a comedy instead it tends to fall rather flat and was a bit dire in places.
Overall this was a poor film that sort of meandered towards a rather unsatisfactory ending and a film that left me totally cold. Not one I would recommend at all.
After meeting at a baseball game and falling in love, 4 years on things aren't as rosy as they once were for Gary (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke (Jennifer Aniston). They have both become set in their daily routines; Brooke works hard at an art gallery and then comes home and tidies up after Gary whilst Gary works as a popular tour guide but instead of helping Brooke do the housework when he comes home he's intent on lying around playing PS2 and watching football.
After an awkward family meal things implode in Brooke and Gary's relationship, Brooke decides that she can't carry on with the way things stand therefore hatches a plan to break up with Gary in order for him to see how good he has it and change his ways however instead of this Gary plays hardball and completely shuts Brooke out. The two carry on their stubborn behaviour with neither prepared to admit they are wrong... is the apartment big enough for the both of them?
This was one of the more anticipated movies of 2006 because of the striking similarities to Jennifer Aniston's private life as only a year or so previous she had ended her seemingly perfect marriage to Brad Pitt therefore taking on the role of Brooke in this movie was undoubtedly a very conscious decision and one that she knew she would get a lot of money and publicity for. Sad as it is but I was one of those people that couldn't wait to see this movie, I'm a huge fan of romantic comedies and will happily watch anything with Jennifer Aniston in it but wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie. It had been pegged as a romantic comedy but how could a film about the break down of a relationship be romantic or funny? Well that remains to be seen.
If it were up to me this movie wouldn't be called a romantic comedy instead opting for the drama title. Don't be mislead by the comedy element which is supposedly entailed in the film, there aren't many laughs. Vince Vaughn does his best to be humorous but ends up playing the same character that he always does, at times you can tell that he's trying his hardest to steer away from his comedy roots but playing it straight simply doesn't work for him. He plays a real slob in the movie and doesn't come across as very likeable at all, infact even when they break up Gary shows hint of emotion which you would show if you had just split up with someone after four years together. All in all I found Vince Vaughn to be a huge disappointment.
Jennifer Aniston on the other hand was superb, the world already knows that she's a brilliant comedy actress after playing Rachel Green in Friends for 10 years and subsequently taking on numerous comedy roles so it's nice to see her leaning more toward the dramatic roles in recent years and in turn showing a different side to her unstoppable talent. She's plays Brooke brilliantly and is extremely relatable throughout the movie. Out of the couple she plays the more likeable person to begin with as she works hard at her career then comes home and makes sure Gary's dinner is on the table whilst he would rather lay on the sofa and not lift a finger to help her. As the movie progresses I think Jennifer Aniston's likeability factor declined a little as she became more and more neurotic and controlling but this just made her more relatable to audiences.
I feel that the story was very well written as it doesn't conform to the norm in any way, it's different and quirky and that's part of the reason why I liked it. I don't personally think this should have been pegged as a romantic comedy as in reality it's far from it. There are some comedy moments which involve the couple trying to outwit each other but you know that in the end it's only going to end in tears. I feel that the movie would have been a lot more poignant if the comedy elements had been scrapped, you'd still get the comedy fans flocking to see it because of the actors but you'd also open the movie up to a more broad audience who prefer their hard hitting drama films and this could have been a real winner with a wide audience if that had been the case.
The movie is enjoyable and I left feeling that the film wasn't a total waste of money however I did feel that with the movies reluctance to be pegged into one particular category sort of became it's downfall, there are scenes which are actually quite uncomfortable to watch, not only because of the content of the film but also because you don't know whether you should be laughing at the jibes that the couple are giving each other or the scenarios that have backfired because of the sensitive subject matter.
The director tried hard to give the audience comedy with the inclusion of friends and family, for me most of this seemed to fall on deaf ears but strangely enough Brooke's eccentric brother was hilarious, he's adamant that he's not gay but is extremely camp and begins to sing round the dinner table before beating up Gary in the most camp of fashions. Some of his antics did go a little over the top as with a lot of the characters but I did find him particularly amusing.
This is a movie that I enjoyed to an extent but I found it to drag half way through, it's worth watching to the end though because the ending was a real high point for the film. It wasn't an obvious ending and it left the film open to discussions which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't but with The Break-up it worked really well. I would recommend watching this once, don't rent, buy but only to make your own mind up about it because public opinion seems to be split concerning this movie.
The DVD is available from play.com for £2.99.
The special features include:
Audio commentary with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston
*This is a film only review*
Released in 2006, The Break Up received a lot of free publicity thanks to the gossip mags thanks to them salivating over the real-life romantic involvement of the two leads , Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, in the wake of the 'Brangelina' phenomenon.
It was marketed as a romantic comedy meets battle of the sexes piece. What a shame that it was neither a)romantic, b) funny or c) able to generate any kind of interesting insight or comment on gender politics.
Art gallery manager Brooke (Aniston) and tourist bus operator (Vaughn) have been together for a number of years after meeting at a baseball game. And that is pretty much all the back story we get before we are launched into a suitably awful dinner party where the couple snipe and niggle at each other as well as their guests. On the guests' departure, the couple have an argument and Brooke terminates the relationship.
The pair then find themselves in a battle of wits with each other as neither is prepared to leave the apartment they jointly own, both claiming an equal right to be there. So far, so mundane. Each then works to drive the other out; him by holding raucous parties, commandeering the TV in order to play video games at length as well as installing a pool table in the living area; her by playing Alanis Morrisette loudly, allowing her brother's choir use of the home for practice, arranging for her dates to pick her up and then flaunting them in front of him and then tops it all off by walking around the apartment naked (?! - something about being advised by her trampy boss to do things to make him lust after her of something.... I don't know, I had seriously lost interest by this point).
I just do not know who this film is meant to be for or what the point of it is, as it falls short on so many levels. It is essentially made up of unpleasant people, being unpleasant to each other in a pleasant apartment. It just does not have the genuine sense of an emotional tug-of-war to be gripping or effective as a relationship drama. It makes you question why they were even together in the first place, think Jeremy Kyle without the irascible host, but with high production values and people with money.
The humour is very contrived and clichéd, relying heavily on the most simplistic of gender stereotypes - she's prim and arty, he's loutish and sporty. A sense of black comedy ala "War of the Roses" may have helped, but ultimately it gets to the point where it feels too much like hard work to care.
The arguments themselves which are supposed to form the dramatic highlights are in themselves quite realistic, in that any couple living in close quarter will have domestic moments and in the disintegration of the relationship their pettiness is heightened. But seriously, I can't understand how this can constitute any kind of entertainment.
The performances are fine, but Vaughn really has honest the boorish, alpha male type in numerous films over recent years and does not really stretch himself too far from that here.
It does slightly redeem itself in the final act, becoming a little more human and sensitive and insightful, and doesn't necessarily go down the most marketable route.
Ultimately, however, it comes nowhere close enough to making up for the dour, depressing, sneering and cynical tone of the rest of the film.
Gary and Brooke are a mismatched couple who meet, develop a seemingly contented relationship, and buy a beautiful condo together. Soon a fight triggers the title event, and they argue and play mind games as they battle over ownership of their beloved condo--and try to decide whether or not they really want this to be the end.