Evelyn GoughIn the Picture

The Break-Up

Directed by Peyton Reed

Rated M

When youre hot, youre hot and right now the two stars of The Break-Up, Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, are positively scorching!

Vince in particular is flying high. Well respected as an actor, he has now helped to write, produce and star in a box office smash.

The two play Brooke (Aniston) and Gary (Vaughn) and we get to witness their first encounter with each other at a baseball match. Garys smooth pick-up-shtick obviously works because next thing we discover is theyre shacked up together in a gorgeous apartment.

But weve missed all the fun stuff. The honeymoon is very definitely over and Brooke has had enough. In an effort to make Gary change she declares its finished. Shes sick of watching nothing but the sports channel, tired of him hunched over the lounge getting RSI of the thumbs playing his stupid play station, fed up with only doing what he wants to do, never what she wants to do, like go to the ballet. Sure, thats every guys worst nightmare, but when you truly love someone, or admittedly when you want to get laid, you go that extra mile. Make an effort. Compromise. Can you say compromise Gary?

So, will Brookes plan work? Will the sports loving, beer guzzling, hot-dog snuffling Gary miraculously transform into a SNAG? Or is she wasting her time? Can you ever change a guy? Or should you even try? What was I thinking? Why did I believe a movie called The Break-Up was going to be funny!? Break-ups arent funny! Just ask Jennifer Aniston.

Im not saying this is a bad movie, its just not a comedy despite what all the publicity is saying. To be honest I actually left the cinema feeling quite depressed.

However, as a drama it works. If your idea of a good time is watching a couple go through all the angst and torture of breaking up then this movie is for you. And just like in real life there are funny moments. These come mainly from the extremely talented support cast, which includes Vincent DOnofrio, Jon Favreau, Joey Lauren Adams, Ann-Margaret and our own Judy Davis, who is terrific as Brookes arty-farty boss.

Im a big fan of Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. Im just not a big fan of this movie.


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