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Director: Peyton Reed

Cast: Peyton Reed, Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston, Joey Lauren Adams


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A once-loving couple whose happily-ever-after quickly turned into a never-again finds their crumbling romance complicated when both parties refuse to move out of the pair's recently purchased condo. The Break-Up is a romantic comedy that starts where all the others end. The future once looked promising for thirtysomething couple Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) andSee more details below


A once-loving couple whose happily-ever-after quickly turned into a never-again finds their crumbling romance complicated when both parties refuse to move out of the pair's recently purchased condo. The Break-Up is a romantic comedy that starts where all the others end. The future once looked promising for thirtysomething couple Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) and Gary (Vince Vaughn), but lately it seems like a series of increasingly petty and intolerable squabbles have snuffed any semblance of romance in their relationship. Their confrontation endlessly fueled by mean-spirited suggestions of revenge tactics from friends and family and their stubborn refusal to budge resulting in an excruciating stalemate, Brooke and Gary ultimately decide to spitefully stick it out as hostile roommates until the weaker party eventually admits defeat. As the competition to drive one another out grows increasingly intense and outrageous, however, Brooke eventually comes to the realization that she's not fighting for possession of the condominium as much as she is fighting to salvage her relationship with the man she once viewed as the love of her life.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
For a film that was marketed as a straight-up comedy, The Break-Up is actually quite dark -- which is not to say that it doesn't satisfy. In fact, this starring vehicle for Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn gains considerable depth by way of its unpredictable nature. Aniston plays Brooke Meyers, a responsible career woman who works for the demanding proprietor (Judy Davis) of a trendy art gallery. Vaughn costars as her boyfriend, Gary Grabowski, a fun-loving tour guide who turns out to be a lackadaisical life partner. A minor quarrel metastasizes into a major crisis, precipitating a split that forces the couple to consider selling the dream condo they’ve purchased together. The ensuing hostilities, alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, are brought to life by director Peyton Reed’s skillful touch and the obvious chemistry between the leads (who became an offscreen couple). Among the top-drawer cast members -- peppered with such Vaughn pals as Jon Favreau -- are Jason Bateman, Joey Lauren Adams, Vincent D'Onofrio, Justin Long, and Ann-Margret. The Break-Up aims for the middle ground between Danny DeVito’s 1989 slapstick hit The War of the Roses and Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 drama Scenes from a Marriage, and by golly, they hit it.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Peyton Reed's The Break-Up earns its title honestly. The screenplay, the actors, and the director have succeeded in capturing an ugly, pedestrian break-up between two very average emotionally stunted people. The scenes that deal dramatically, rather than humorously, with the situation actually are the strongest elements of the film. The huge verbal blow-out between the two at the beginning of the film, and the scene where they "discuss" with their realtor who should keep the spacious Chicago apartment they rent together, offer ample evidence that there was a very good film that could have been made from this material. Both Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn are willing to keep the least attractive elements of their characters front and center for most of the film. Sadly, these strengths are also the film's weakness. As good as Vaughn and Aniston are, it is hard to shake the feeling that these performers, both quite obviously in their mid-thirties at least, are too old for these roles. However, casting younger actors in the parts would have made the fact that they share an expensive Chicago apartment all the more unbelievable. Their particular problems are also so universal as to seem almost mundane. An audience member would be hard-pressed to like or root for either of them, as both of the characters lack a level of maturity that most people attain by that age. The characters may learn something about themselves, but where The Break-Up ultimately fails despite its good qualities is that the average viewer is not likely to identify with either character enough to learn anything about themselves.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Universal Studios
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Special Features

Picture in Picture:; Access interactive bonus features, including cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, throughout the film, all without interruption to the movie experience; Production photographs: While you watch the movie, get up close and personal with the cast and crew through photographs from the set; Alternate ending plus over 15 minutes of deleted and extended scenes and outtakes!; Improv with Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau; Feature commentary with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston; Feature commentary with director Peyton Reed; Three Brothers: A Tour of Chicago: Hop on board for an amazing interactive tour of the Windy City with a special intro by Vince Vaughn; And more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vince Vaughn Gary Grobowski
Jennifer Aniston Brooke Meyers
Joey Lauren Adams Maddie
Ann-Margret Wendy Meyers
Jason Bateman Riggleman
Judy Davis Marilyn Dean
Vincent D'Onofrio Dennis Grabowski
Jon Favreau Johnny O
Cole Hauser Lupus Grabowski
John Michael Higgins Richard Meyers
Justin Long Christopher
Ivan Sergei Carson Wigham
Vernon Vaughn Howard Meyers
Elaine Robinson Carol Grabowski
Jane Alderman Mrs. Grabowski
Jacqueline Williams Shondra
Peter Billingsley Andrew
Jane Hu Diane
Rebecca Spence Jen
Mary-Pat Green Mischa
Keir O'Donnell Date, Paul
Geoff Stults Date, Mike
Tiffany Addison Waitress
Jessica Vilchis Hot Girl
Lisa Pace Hot Girl
Samantha Albert Debbie
Susan Messing Tourist
Wayne A. Brown Tourist
Maynard Love Tourist
William Dick Waiter
Jenna Hurt Poker Girl
Jessica Stramer Poker Girl
Ashley Giancola Poker Girl
Lanae Sahs Poker Girl
Nydia Rodriguez Terracina Boat Tourist
Phil Ridarelli Boat Tourist
Sharon Vaughn Boat Tourist
Rhett Miller Old 97's
Murry Hammond Old 97's
Ken Bethea Old 97's
Philip Peeples Old 97's
Gunnar Madsen Tone Rangers
Karl Solis Tone Ranger
Michael Winther Tone Ranger
Eric Bradley Tone Ranger
Paul Peterson Tone Ranger
Sean P. Gorecki Tone Rangers
Eddie Martinez Hot Dog Vendor
Chuck Stubbings County Clubber
Ryan Cowhey Andrew Jr
Megan Klein Sally
Trisha 'Star' Vargo Riv Bartender
Julie Adrianson Neary Riv Ticket Taker
Linda Cohn ESPN Voiceover

Technical Credits
Peyton Reed Director
Todd Michael Amateau Asst. Director
Stuart M. Besser Executive Producer
Juel Bestrop Casting
Peter Billingsley Executive Producer
Jon Brion Score Composer
Eric Edwards Cinematographer
Cameron Frankley Sound/Sound Designer
Jeremy Garelick Co-producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Stephanie Gilliam Set Decoration/Design
John Isbell Associate Producer
Michelle Johnston Choreography
George Kohut Camera Operator
Jay Lavender Co-producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Andrew Laws Production Designer
Dan Lebental Editor
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
John O'Brien Musical Direction/Supervision
Carol Oditz Costumes/Costume Designer
Chelo Ontiveros Makeup
Mickey Paskal Casting
David Rosenbloom Editor
Peter Rosenfeld Camera Operator
Jennifer Rudnicke Casting
David Sandefur Art Director
Scott Stuber Producer
Vince Vaughn Original Story,Producer
Victoria Vaughn Associate Producer
Jody Williams Camera Operator
Joe "Jody" Williams Camera Operator

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side B -- The Break-Up
1. Wrigley Field (Main Titles) [6:15]
2. Hard at Work [6:19]
3. Breaking Bread [6:10]
4. Had Enough [6:01]
5. Not Moving [4:21]
6. My Space [4:43]
7. Got Him Where I Want Him [4:31]
8. Times Have Changed [4:37]
9. Honoring Commitments [3:44]
10. Game Night [3:43]
11. Meditation [3:39]
12. Blank Canvis [7:32]
13. Man to Man [7:21]
14. Strip Poker [4:39]
15. Just the Two of Us [4:53]
16. How Did We Get Here? [6:41]
17. Change of Hearts [6:10]
18. Taking Care of Business [5:45]
19. Good to See You [3:24]
20. End Titles [4:53]

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