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The Break-Up Review Critics


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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It's not a good sign when a movie is called The Break-Up and you can't wait for the couple to split so they'll get some relief from one another, and give the audience some relief from them.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The Break-Up is not comical or romantic, and it's certainly not a date movie. Sitting through it is almost as painful as going through the demise of a relationship.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The best bits are incidental: Vaughn's chats with Jon Favreau as his bartender buddy, which are delightful interludes of jostling ego, and Judy Davis, looking like Anna Wintour redesigned by Tim Burton as an undead marionette, laying down the law as Aniston's boss.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Audiences expecting a good time will instead be rewarded with wildly unsympathetic lead characters and uncomfortably long stretches without a laugh in sight.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

Mean-spirited comedy pushes edge for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know the movie is premised on ugly, angry fighting between exes still sharing a condo, with several scenes that show real pain. Brooke has her pubic area waxed and parades the result in front of her ex (you see her naked back and legs; other body parts are obscured by objects in frame); in turn, Gary hires strippers for a poker game. Characters call each other names and cruelly make fun of each other and their families (this encompasses jokes about homosexuality, promiscuity, and violence/murder). It also features frequent uses of profanity (including at least one f-word).

  • Families can talk about the difficulties of breaking up, whether with friends or romantic partners. How can you manage this without being mean to your ex? What kinds of bad advice do both Brooke and Gary get from their friends, and how might they behave in more mature, self-respecting ways?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: After the break-up, exes use cruel tactics to "get even," including visible dates to inspire jealousy, mishandling of property, and nasty accusations during arguments.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Gary plays violent video games; his friend makes jokes about hiring hitmen. Brooke's brother beats up Gary.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Many sexual references (especially by Gary, who describes sexual activity and body parts, such as "d--k"); men and women play strip poker (women get down to underwear); Brooke has her pubic area waxed (this scene shows her grimace and exclamation), then walks naked through apartment (you see her upper body and legs, her breasts and crotch blocked by objects in frame); Mary hires a male model whose naked back and butt is visible as she paints.

  • language false3

    Language: Pushing the edge for PG-13: Language includes one f-word, plus frequent uses (10-15 or more) of "s--t" and other profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Visible junk food and beer brands (Lays and other chips, Budweiser, fast food wrappers).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Cigar-smoking and drinking (beer, liquor, wine).