Big question: Chicago bus tour guide Gary (Vince Vaughn) and art gallery employee Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) split up but continue to share a condo. Does "The Break-Up" live up to all the hype surrounding Vaughnifer?
Skip it: "The Break-Up" isn't sure of the reasons Brooke and Gary can't work things out, and it fails to show how they made it as far as they did in the first place. They're so passive-aggressive and immature that it never feels like any monumental relationship is at stake, much less worth saving.
Catch it: If you want to play an extremely easy game of "I-Spy Chicago" and spot The Riviera, Smith and Wollensky, Skylark and more. Or if you just want to see Aniston's bare behind.
Bottom line: Slow, stereotypical and only sporadically funny, "The Break-Up" doesn't allow for much romantic chemistry between Vaughn and Aniston, who spend the whole movie sniping at each other. The film is as anticlimactic as an actual breakup, without any of the passion, the anger or the glimmers of hope that come from gradually parting with someone you love.
Bonus: "The Break-Up" reiterates what "When Harry Met Sally" proved nearly two decades ago: Pictionary tears couples apart!
Directed by Peyton Reed; screenplay by Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavender; photographed by Eric Edwards; edited by David Rosenbloom and Dan Lebental; music by Jon Brion; production design by Andrew Laws; produced by Vince Vaughn and Scott Stuber. A Universal/Wild West Picture Show release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:45. MPAA rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, some nudity and language).
Gary Grobowski Vince Vaughn
Brooke Meyers Jennifer Aniston
Addie Joey Lauren Adams
Lupus Grobowski Cole Hauser
Johnny O Jon Favreau
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