The Break-Up (2006)

(On TV, August 2015)  I have now seen too many so-called comedies about breakups and they all share one common characteristics: They are depressing, unfunny, unpleasant and almost a chore to go through.  The Break Up may be directed by Peyton Reed –who, in between Bring it On and Down With Love, once seemed such a promising director), it’s not particularly funny, compelling nor all that insightful regarding human relationships.  The basic premise has something to do with a couple breaking up but being forced to live together for some reason, but the basic dramatic arc here is one of likable people being quite unlikable with each other, and I suppose that I’m really not a good audience for that kind of stuff.  It doesn’t help that the lead couple is played by Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Anniston: I’m not a big fan of Vaughn even in the best of circumstances, and I find Anniston to be a dull actress, usually playing parts that could have been far better handled by many other actresses.  Such comedies often live on the strength of secondary characters and comic set-pieces, but there is almost nothing of interest to find here –The Break-Up is just a sad film, and the longer it goes on, the more unpleasant it gets.

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