Movie Reviews (such as they are)

Friday, February 09, 2007

The Break-Up

As you might have imagined, The Break-Up tells the story of the dissolution of a relationship. The couple in question are played by Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughan.

After dinner one evening with both families at their flat, Aniston and Vaughan have a bit of a falling-out. It ends with her saying it's over; he leaves the apartment. When he returns later that night, she's asleep in their room, and he takes the sofa-bed.

You know right there that this whole thing could likely have been resolved by him joining her in bed, or by her waiting up for him. We've all had arguments with our partners, so we recognize how little things can get blown out of proportion in the aftermath of a row.

There's a sad inevitability to the ensuing events, even though the film is peppered with humour. Both leads put in great efforts, and Aniston really shines. Not for the first time, she impressed me. Vaughan is Vaughan, only bigger than ever. And of course wherever Vaughan is, you also get Jon Favreau. Yeah, we loved you both in Swingers, guys, but isn't it enough already? (That said, the gag about not being Columbo was reasonably funny only because you were both in Made with Peter Falk.)

A good film. I enjoyed it while watching it. I laughed; I got that it was sad. But I don't think I'd watch it again. Perhaps it's just not that sort of film, though.

The scores
Acting: 14
Story: 12
Direction: 13
Enjoyment: 13
Involvement: 14
Total: 66

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