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The Break-Up (12A)
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz
The guy who ate Jon Favreau
The guy who ate Jon Favreau

I like a good comedy. In fact, I'd probably go as far as to say that it's my favourite cinematic genre. The trouble is, most film comedies are about as funny as getting mugged. Luckily, these days you can pretty much guarantee any film starring one or more of the so called Frat Pack (Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller and so on) is going to be genuinely amusing and entertaining.

This particular one stars Vince Vaughn, as well as Friends star Jennifer Aniston and the guy who ate Jon Favreau, who was famously Vaughn's co-star in Swingers. The story begins with Vaughn and Aniston meeting at a baseball game, but quickly skips forward to their day-to-day life as a happy couple sharing a beautiful apartment.

Their relationship begins to break down, however, during a series of realistically written events and arguments. Inevitably, the couple split, but neither is willing to give up their home and so they continue to live together and come up with increasingly hostile methods of forcing the other one to move out of the apartment.

As well as being funny, however, The Break-Up is surprisingly touching, emotional and really quite true to life. I found that the break up itself was much more realistically portrayed than the bitter and vehement ones in Closer, for example. The acting from the principal cast members is also nothing short of perfect.

So, as comedies go, this one has pretty much everything I'm after – it's not non-stop, trousers-down, laugh a minute hilarity, but it has a decent story, great characters and some depth to it that you're not going to find in Scary Movie 5. And for all the single fellas out there, this is the one to see guys – it's funny, it has Jennifer Aniston wandering around with little to nothing on, and guaranteed the cinema will be filled with groups of single women dying to be swept off their feet!

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Length: 105 minutes
Certificate: 12A
Official Site: http://www.thebreakupmovie.net/
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452594/
Release Date: 21st July 2006

Top Five Rating: 80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0% (80.0%)
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