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13 August 2006 :: 12:08:17 pm 32903

Aniston , The Break-Up

Directed by Peyton Reed, out now at most cinemas, starring Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, running time 121 minutes.
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In a nutshell…
Engaging, uncomfortable, real, occasionally funny

What‘s it all about?

Vaughn and Aniston play Gary and Brooke, a couple in the difficult period following a break-up, but unlike when relationships usually come to an end, the former pair are forced to live under the same roof after both refuse to leave the Chicago apartment in which they shared many a happy memory.

If you‘ve come to the cinema looking for a rom-com to rival cutesy showings such as Sleepless in Seattle or When Harry Met Sally, then you‘ve come to the wrong film. Reed‘s portrayal of the heartbreak, confusion and anger that comes with any break-up is well documented in this film in which Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus meets The War of the Roses.

But it‘s not all as depressing as it sounds. A comedy after all, The Break-Up has its moments of light relief and hilarity ensues when the pair come up with all kinds of schemes and enlist the help of friends in order to drive each other away, while secretly hoping to get each other back.

Who‘s in it?

Hollywood celebrity watchers waited for this film with baited breath as they wanted to see whether the chemistry of now real-life couple Vaughn and Aniston would translate on to the big screen. To be perfectly honest, it doesn‘t. And that might have more to do with the film plot than anything else. Rather than playing a couple in the heady beginnings of a romance, the pair realise they are mismatched and The Break-Up ensues.

In terms of acting, Aniston outshines Vaughn, whose performance is somewhat lacking in spark. And the former Friends star‘s ‘acting‘ might have been so good because of the well-documented break-up with Brad Pitt that she herself was going through at the time.

Overall, the acting is of a high standard, with audiences sometimes feeling that they are locked in the middle of a bickering couple with no hope of escape.

As an example…

Gary: “Is that how you want to play it Brooke? Because I can play it like that. I can play it like Lionel Richie, “All night long.”

Likelihood of a trip to the Oscars

Highly unlikely. Too mainstream/summer blockbuster for an Academy Award.

What the others say

Empire says: “The Break-Up doesn’t turn the rom-com on its head, but with its focus on the darker side of love manages to gently tip it on its side.”

The Independent: “Once the laughs dry up – and there aren‘t many to start with – all the movie has left is the bitter Punch-and-Judy of recrimination.”

So is it any good?

If you want to see a rom-com, which the film is unhelpfully marketed as, then you‘ll probably come out feeling extremely depressed and slightly voyeuristic. But that‘s not to say the film isn‘t good. Aniston and Vaughn‘s portrayal makes viewers uncomfortable because it is so well done. It‘s not supposed to be all happy-happy-joy-joy, but a realistic documentation of a relationship on its last legs.

The film is at its best when it does this, but it is the sometimes misplaced comedy which is its only downfall. There are moments in the film in which it seems the director remembers that it is supposed to be funny – the slightly bizarre family dinner at the beginning of the film and the plethora of ‘funny‘ supporting actors being some examples.

Altogether though, while there might not be Oscars in store and while you might not come out walking on cloud nine, it is a good movie to watch – perhaps not on a first date though.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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