Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Peyton Reed|
|Produced by||Vince Vaughn |
|Written by||Vince Vaughn (story) |
|Starring||Vince Vaughn |
|Music by||Jon Brion|
|Cinematography||Eric Alan Edwards|
|Editing by||Dan Lebental|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||June 2, 2006|
|Running time||105 min.|
The Break-Up is a 2006 romantic comedy film from Universal Pictures starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. It was written by Jay Lavender and Jeremy Garelick, and directed by Peyton Reed.
A bickering couple, the immat
ure, iresponsible Gary (Vaughn) and Brooke (Aniston), live in a condo in Chicago. Both are driven in their careers, with Gary working as a city tour business guide in his brothers' company and Brooke working in an art gallery. Early in the movie, they separate after a bitter argument. Their conflicts are largely due to Gary's immaturity and inflexibility.
Their social backgrounds contribute to the division that becomes apparent between them. Brooke has applied feng shui books from her mother in the interior design of her and Gary's condo; her brother Richard is part of an a cappella group called The Tone Rangers; her friend Addie uses phrases of advice such as "Remember, we're always owning our actions, right? And we're always healthy with it, yes?"; and Brooke bemoans how many times she has dropped "hints about the ballet" to Gary, but to no avail. By contrast, Gary likes action-oriented teen video games, is an avid Chicago sports fan, and wants a pool table in the condo. Brooke is fighting for their relationship to stay alive. However, the condo ends up becoming the subject of a war in which both try to outwit and outdo each other through blind dates, drunken parties, and broken promises.
In the end, they agree to separate, both giving up the condo, taking their share of the money from its sale and moving on with their lives. After learning through a real-estate agent friend that a buyer has been found and that they have two weeks to move out, Brooke invites Gary to an Old 97's concert for which she had previously bought tickets for the two of them. Gary agrees to meet her there, but instead intentionally stands her up, and heads to his friend Johnny O's bar, making Brooke upset to the point of crying. In spite of a subsequent effort by Gary to reach out to Brooke by preparing a surprise dinner in the condo, their breakup has become inevitable.
Gary, realizing what he has lost, returns to his tour business while Brooke travels the world, eventually finding her way back to Chicago. At the end of the movie, they meet again by chance on the streets of Chicago. After some awkward but friendly catching up, they part ways but catch each other glancing over their shoulders and share a smile.
- Vince Vaughn as Gary Grobowski
- Jennifer Aniston as Brooke Meyers
- Joey Lauren Adams as Addie Jones
- Cole Hauser as Lupus Grobowski, Gary's brother
- Jon Favreau as Johnny Ostrofski
- Jason Bateman as Mark Riggleman
- Judy Davis as Marilyn Dean
- Justin Long as Christopher Hirons
- John Michael Higgins as Richard Meyers, Brooke's brother
- Ann-Margret as Wendy Meyers, Brooke's mom
- Vincent D'Onofrio as Dennis Grobowski, Gary's other brother
- Peter Billingsley as Andrew
- Mary-Pat Green as Mischa
- Keir O'Donnell as Paul Grant
- Geoff Stults as Mike Lawrence
The original ending was not well received with a test audience, and as a result Universal Studios had to re-shoot. According to the Chicago Tribune, "the first ending made basically the same point in a slightly different way". The romance/comedy film has grossed over $203 million worldwide, with a total of $118,703,275 in the American box-office. Nacho Libre was originally scheduled for release the same date as this film, but was delayed, and instead, opened on June 16, 2006 in the United States.
- The first song selectio n, coupled with snapshots of the then-happy couple, was Queen's "You're My Best Friend." Also featured in the film are the songs "Story of My Life" by Social Distortion, "Boogie Nights" by Heatwave, "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette, "Time Bomb" and "Salome" by the Old 97's, and Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" sung by Dwight Yoakam. The closing song, which may portend the future of their relationship, is Johnny Nash's, "I Can See Clearly Now." In the trailer is another song by Social Distortion - "Ball and Chain."
- One of the film's scenes is set at a concert performed by alternative country band, Old 97's in Chicago's Riviera Theater.
- The song "Timebomb" by the Old 97's was also featured in the movie Clay Pigeons, which also starred Vince Vaughn.
- The Tone Rangers is the name of an actual a cappella group in Washington, D.C., who are thanked in the credits.
It has been reported that a sequel, starring both Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn, may be produced.
- ^ Jennifer Anistons $20m Sequel
- ^ Jennifer Anistons $20m Sequel