Tuesday, June 27, 2006


After seeing this movie I have to say Vince Vaughn is --- mental, but he is also extraordinarily funny. I thought that the movie was not a typical chick flick with a dose of male bonding just to appease the better half. I felt that it made a decent case for both sides and why everyone, male or female can contribute equally to a crumbling relationship.

Gary (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) at the start of the movie meet at a Cubs game where Gary uses his bizarre crazy/coolness to blatantly hit on and actually win Brooke from some guy with some really bad plaid shorts. Thus they show their illustrious two years of happiness through a montage of photos showing how happy they are and blah, blah--opening credit sequence--blah blah. Then we see them at their jobs. Gary is a tour guide with one of those tacky buses showing tourists the sites in Chicago. Brooke is an art dealer for a quirky but funny Judy Davis as Marilyn Dean. They come home Gary wants to sit and watch the Cubs game, Brooke wants him to get ready for company. It all starts out so innocently, when he gets freaked out at dinner by her "not sure if he's gay" brother (John Michael Higgins) and she gets pissed at him when he won't do the dishes. "That is when people stop being polite and start getting real." (I know shameless Real World reference.) Brooke explodes by dumping Gary which sets off a chain of events that causes the couple to absolutely despise each other. He buys a pool table to replace the dining room table, she kicks him off their couples bowling team, they spar back and forth, mostly Brooke trying to make Gary jealous by bringing over different suitors. One of them was a complete moron the other one ended up liking Gary more than Brooke. Ultimately neither one of them wants to leave their cushy digs and apparently neither one of them can afford the apartment on their own. The supporting cast was great Jon Favreau was solidly funny as Gary's friend Johnny O and Cole Hauser as Gary's perverted brother Lupus.

Like Wedding Crashers, The Breakup, was funny and the chemistry between Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston was perfect especially when they were at each other's throats. If you love Vince Vaughn then you will get a good laugh, and for all of you Jennifer Aniston fans out there, Jen gives as good as she gets and you get to see great backside, literally.
Grade: 3 Buckets

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