Thursday, August 09, 2007

Movie Watch! - The Break-Up

The Break-Up (2006) - A surprise, but certainly not a very pleasant one. Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn play a Chicago couple so impossibly hateful and spiteful that it hurts to watch. They fight in a manner that I suppose could have been bleakly comical, darkly humorous, but only if I had not been prepped to watch a more gentle romantic comedy. Thank the most horrendously misleading marketing campaign in the history of cinema. This movie was #1 the weekend it opened. I can imagine the hoards of people that left the movie feeling depressed and anxious about their own relationship status. It's like a slow-motion car accident you can't stop watching. I mean, it wasn't bad in terms of the script. The explosively bitter chemistry between Aniston and Vaughn is so needling and ripe that it does in fact achieve a level of believability that maintains my interest for the first hour or so. But then you just start questioning why anybody would want to watch all of this horrendously painful crap go down. It's simply masochistic. But Jennifer Aniston looks great, and not just because of her impossibly chic Prada dresses. Well, maybe because of the Prada dresses. But still. She looks better here than she usually does. It's a shame because there's really no reason to watch her. 3.5/10.

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