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Issue: Winter 2006

The Break-up movie review

Gary (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) are a couple. They met at a baseball game where he flirted with her across her date and he's been pushing the envelope ever since.

Gary is one of life's sliders. He has a profound belief in his own value and that any effort on his part is HUGE, however most of his effort is put into avoiding anything that is not immediately fun and ego-gratifying.

In his relationships with Brooke, and with his brothers who are also his business partners, Gary is all about what he can talk himself out of. 15 minutes spent talking himself out of 5 minutes work is 15 minutes well spent.

What a guy.

Movie poster, The Breakup; Festivale film review

Movie poster, The Breakup

. . . pick a side

Gary is not a bad guy, just lazy and self-indulgent. Which makes it all the more frustrating for his responsible brother (Vincent D'Onofrio) and his live-in girlfriend. They don't want to lose him, but they want him to improve. They want him to contribute more than fun.

For Brooke, this means The Break-up. Time to make Gary step up by pushing him out of the conjugal bed and onto the luxurious oversized leather couch in front of the big screen TV.

Okay. That doesn't sound so bad, so it's up to Brooke to bring in the usual -- make him jealous. And for his own bimbo-ridden counter-gambit.

Brooke is ably supported by the outrageous suggestions of her boss (Judy Davis) and it is the friends and workmates who lift this story from the mundane into something watchable.

The Break-up has something for everybody who has ever broken-up or had a friend who hogged all the fun-and-irresponsible stuff and left the cleanup for them (or just think that's the case).

This is one of the better of the Aniston movie roles, although she still spends most of the film being a bit of a manipulative wimp instead of actually confronting the problem head-on.

Even if you don't care about the principals, the supporting roles make this one worth at least one viewing.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 8 Jun 2006
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See also: For another break-up movie try The Story of Us with Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfieffer. For Aniston try The Object of My Affection .

Just the facts:

Title: The Break-up(2006)
Written by: Jeremy Garelick (screenplay) & Jay Lavender (screenplay), Vince Vaughn (story) & Jeremy Garelick (story) & Jay Lavender (story)
Directed by: Peyton Reed
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The Players: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston, Joey Lauren Adams, Cole Hauser, Jason Bateman, Judy Davis, Ann-Magaret, Vincent D'Onofrio

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