"THE Break Up," which arrives in theaters June 2 and is directed by Peyton Reed ("Bring It On," "Down With Love") from a script by Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavender, finds Jennifer Aniston as art dealer Brooke severing romantic ties with her boyfriend, Gary (Vince Vaughn), who works as a host on bus tours of Chicago.
The hitch, and naturally there had to be one, is that neither one of them is willing to move out of the condo they share. The two seek advice on their situation from friends, confidants and even total strangers. It's not quite a "War of the Roses" scenario, but Brooke and Gary do engage in an increasingly heated battle of wits and mental manipulation to force the other to vacate.
Reed promises that even though "The Break Up" is a comedy, the film has its share of serious moments.
During production last summer in Chicago, at the height of press interest in Aniston's breakup with husband Brad Pitt, the paparazzi wouldn't leave her alone. And it got only worse for the former "Friends" star as speculation grew that she and the single Vaughn were turning into a romantic couple themselves. Curiously, her recent movies seem to reflect her rather turbulent personal life in the last year: "Derailed," "The Break Up," "Rumor Has It."
Rounding out the cast of "The Break Up" are Jason Bateman; Peter Billingsley ("A Christmas Story"), who is also an executive producer; Vincent D'Onofrio; Joey Lauren Adams; and Jon Favreau.
-- Susan King