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Wednesday, December 6, 2006

The Break-Up — DVD Review

Maybe I don’t know enough about relationships. Maybe I was too tired and got too comfortable. Maybe The Break-Up is a chick flick. Whatever the reason, staying awake through this film was a battle.

Gary (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke (Jennifer Anniston) decide to end their relationship, but each refuses to let the other have their condo. So, they torture each other in an effort to get the other to leave.

This movie never decides what the hell it is. A typical comedy filled with sophomoric humor seems to be what the producers were going for, but the film just wasn’t that funny. Now and then efforts at sophisticated wit fell flat, especially when Vaughn had to give it a shot. The ending suggested drama had been the goal, but if it was someone should get out of the movie-making business.

Vaughn was flat out terrible. He played an uninspired guy with a major case of arrested development. One moment he was “Mr. Cool,” and the next he was trying (and failing) to show depth.

Anniston didn’t do a whole lot for me either. She wasn’t bad, but she didn’t do anything to impress.

John Michael Higgins played Brooke’s presumably gay brother, Richard. He did his best to bring some actual laughs to the film, but his over-the-top performance comes off poorly surrounded by the hum-drum Vaughn.

Overall, I would just skip it.

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