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The Break Up

Starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, Cole Hauser, Joey Lauren Adams, Peter Billingsley, Ann-Margret, Judy Davis, Justin Long
Screenplay by Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavender
Story by Vaughn, Garelick and Lavender
Directed by Peyton Reed

IN SHORT: An OK dateflick for us grownups. [Rated PG-13 for Sexual Content, Some Nudity and Language. 102 minutes]

Grownups being those of us old enough to recognize the song "Rainbow Connection" and wonder what Kermit the Frog [or "Kermie" from the lips of every femme in our general direction] has to do with this flick.

Cranky makes a great effort, having spent a very brief time in his career working on the publicity side of things movie related, to ignore as much publicity slag as possible. We failed that task in regards to The Break Up as stars Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston hit the talk shows a good two weeks before the film screened for grunts like moi (which in this case means close to three weeks before the film opened for the general audience) and we saw several amusing clips. All the PR clip material occurs fairly early in the run time of the film, which left us thinking "uh oh. Does this mean there's nothing to look forward to except for Jennifer Aniston's nude scene?" Actually, there's quite a bit to look forward to . . . and Aniston's derriere is photographed tastefully, slightly out of focus. It is, in and of itself, no reason to buy a ticket (so shame on you perverts out there) and, now that we've dispensed with it, we'll move on.

The Break Up, as romantic comedies go, treads an incredibly fine line. We'll only say that the pair of Gary Grobowski (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke Meyers (Jennifer Aniston) does, indeed, break up as promised by the title. Maybe they kiss and make up. Maybe not. Or maybe that incredibly fine line we wrote of strikes an almost impossible balance between those two outcomes. We will report that there were some surprised gasps from our preview audience, and an occasional sob or two though this film by no means moves into traditional chick flick territory. That means, for readers adult enough to have been through the real life romantic wringer (whether successfully married or not), The Break Up is a fairly good date flick.

Johnny O (Jon Favreau), realtor Riggleman (Jason Bateman), Dennis Grobowski (Vincent D'Onofrio), Lupus Grobowski (Cole Hauser)

Brooke's best friend Addie (Joey Lauren Adams) and her husband Andrew (Peter Billingsley), her absolutely, positively, in-your-face-swears-it-up-and-down-that-he's-not-gay brother Richard (John Michael Higgins), mom (Ann Margret), art gallery boss lady Marilyn Dean (Judy Davis) and gallery receptionist Christopher (Justin Long)

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to The Break Up, he would have paid . . .



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