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The Break-Up

3.1 25
Director: Peyton Reed

Cast: 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) and


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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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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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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The Break-Up 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Apollo_Faint-Of-Hearts More than 1 year ago
I tend to only leave reviews for movies if I want to warn others not to see it, or make sure everyone gives it a chance. With this, I was just amazed by how many people despise this film. It wasn't great by any stretch of the imagination, but it definitely wasn't nearly as bad as these guys are making it out to be. It is an average movie. I recommend giving this a chance if you are a fan of ... anyone in the movie. It's not quite up to par, but it's not bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau again team up for some of the comedic scenes, this movie is not a complete disappointment. If you like VV you may enjoy the first hour of this film after that it descends into predictability, strained comedy, and gay stereotypes from the 80's. Vaughn gets sole credit for adding any substance to this film. And I do mean ANY. Vincent D'Onofrio, a good actor, is wasted in an inscrutable part, a deranged older sibling who runs the tourism business in Chicago with Vaughn. There are some awful scenes- REALLY awful, at the dinner table where Ann-Margret is also present. Judy Davis is a welcome diversion from this mess, but her cameo as an eccentric art gallery owner is not long enough. Aniston plays her usual self which may be good or bad, depending on what you think of her personality. Joey Lauren Adams is also a one-dimensional character, trying to help her sister find Mr. Right. Apparently, the director did not want this to be construed as a "chick flick" so added Vaughn, and a few male characters, without developing the characters, or giving them any substance. There is a brief scene with the "Old 97's" in concert, Vaughn has a few dramatic moments, and the plot could have worked, but the screenwriter must have been under a time limit, or creatively challenged. Breaking the mold of an already faulty genre does not an instant classic make. It just means it's an unusual addition to the faulty genre, rather than an exception. And Reed should have paid closer attention to the romantic comedies that Linklater (Before Sunrise), Crowe (Jerry Maguire) and Smith (Chasing Amy) made following their teen flicks. The devil is in the dialogue, and more attention should have been paid attention to it. Oh, and casting the right people for the parts, rather than the flavours of the month. That really helps too. Overall, this film is a slight disappointment which could actually have worked, had there been any creative thought put into it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where to start? I have a very nice Home Theater System, Sony's new 70", Klipsch speakers, and Denon Recvr. I LOVE movies! This was the FIRST movie I have ever fallen asleep watching. EVER! I woke up to the end where they "meet in passing" on a busy city sidewalk, gag me! Sorry if this is harsh but I love Vince and I can watch Jennifer but together in this movie? Just say NO!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an 'okay' movie to pass an evening, but it could've been so much funnier. Kinda bland, in fact.
alivalentine More than 1 year ago
Then please don't even bother with this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed after watching this movie. Don't rent it unless you want to listen to Vince Vaugn and Jennifer Anniston scream at each other through the entire movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the movie stars in the world can't fix this mess. This movie was so hyped and turned out to be the biggest waste of time. Jennifer Aniston should stick to sitcoms because she is no Sally Field. She will NEVER be able to cross over successfully to the big screen and this movie, along with "Derailed" is proof. They had to put that gooey stuff under her eyes during her "emotional crying" scene, too. Nothing but arguing back and forth and nothing funny. PLEASE do not waste your time with this mess.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It certainly is the worst movie of the year, and Jennifer Aniston's worst film ever (even worse than Along Came Polly). A muddled mess of a "comedy". I never even smiled, let alone laughed out loud. The acting was juvenile, the writing inane. There was not one redeeming character in the entire film , although it was good to see Peter Billingley as Andrew.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the problem with highly advertised movies is that they make us build such high expectations and in the end the movie hardly ever meets up with what we expected. money wasted on the ticket, wish i got a book , or a meal or something that is actually good instead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some of you must have had some high expectations going into this movie. I thought this movie was pretty good other then the ending kind of left you scratching your head wondering why they just didn't give it a happier one, but overall funny. The whole idea is just a couple being childish to one another and playing games to annoy the other. I thought the two did fine and while I wouldn't suggest running out and buying this, it is definitely worth a watch for those who haven't seen it if you ask me. Vince Vaughn was fun to watch as always.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally got around to renting this movie after all the hoopla. What a disappointment! OMG! I don't care for VV but love JA. The problem is those 2 together just don't do it. The beginning of the movie you found it hard to feel any love or devotion between the 2 of them. Then it's like they blew up and decided to end it suddenly. Then the end was a complete disappointment...both versions-just stupid. Worst movie I've seen in a long time. So glad I didn't waste the $$ and see this in the theater...but not even happy about the 2.99 I spent to rent it! Made me even more sad hoping on a movie better than Mr and Mrs Smith. It would be nice to see JA have a movie that does better than any Angelina or Brad are in. A personal note, glad to hear that VV and JA have called it quits in real life. She can do so much better than him!! Can you say rebound??
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