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The Break-Up (2006)



Critic Consensus: This anti-romantic comedy lacks both laughs and insight, resulting in an odd and unsatisfying experience.

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A once-loving Chicago couple whose happily-ever-after quickly turned into a never-again finds their crumbling romance complicated when both parties refuse to move out of the pair's recently purchased condo. The Break-Up is a romantic comedy that starts where all the others end. The future once looked promising for thirtysomething couple Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) and Gary (Vince Vaughn), but lately it seems like a series of increasingly petty and intolerable squabbles have snuffed any semblance of romance in their relationship. Their confrontation endlessly fueled by mean-spirited suggestions of revenge tactics from friends and family and their stubborn refusal to budge resulting in an excruciating stalemate, Brooke and Gary ultimately decide to spitefully stick it out as hostile roommates until the weaker party eventually admits defeat. As the competition to drive one another out grows increasingly intense and outrageous, however, Brooke eventually comes to the realization that she's not fighting for possession of the condominium as much as she is fighting to salvage her relationship with the man she once viewed as the love of her life. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Vince Vaughn
as Gary Grobowski
Jennifer Aniston
as Brooke Meyers
Cole Hauser
as Lupus Grobowski
Jon Favreau
as Johnny O
Jason Bateman
as Riggleman
Judy Davis
as Marilyn Dean
Justin Long
as Christopher
John Michael Higgins
as Richard Meyers
as Wendy Meyers
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Dennis Grobowski
Vernon Vaughn
as Howard Meyers
Ivan Sergei
as Carson Wigham
Elaine Robinson
as Carol Grobowski
Jane Alderman
as Mrs. Grobowski
Jane Hu
as Diane
Keir O'Donnell
as Date Paul
Geoff Stults
as Date Mike
Jessica Vilchis
as Hot Girl No. 1
Lisa Pace
as Hot Girl No. 2
Ryan Cowhey
as Andrew Jr.
Maynard Love
as Tourist
Jenna Hurt
as Poker Girl
Jessica Stramer
as Poker Girl
Ashley Giancola
as Poker Girl
Lanae Sahs
as Poker Girl
Phil Ridarelli
as Boat Tourist
Sharon Vaughn
as Boat Tourist
Rhett Miller
as Old 97's
Murry Hammond
as Old 97's
Ken Bethea
as Old 97's
Gunnar Madsen
as Tone Rangers
Karl Solis
as Tone Ranger
Michael Winther
as Tone Ranger
Eric Bradley
as Tone Ranger
Paul Peterson
as Tone Ranger
Sean P. Gorecki
as Tone Rangers
Eddie Martinez
as Hot Dog Vendor
Chuck Stubbings
as County Clubber
Trisha 'Star' Vargo
as Riv Bartender
Julie Adrianson Neary
as Riv Ticket Taker
Linda Cohn
as ESPN Voiceover
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Critic Reviews for The Break-Up

All Critics (194) | Top Critics (53)

was mostly shocked by Vince Vaughan, who showed me for the first time that he wasn't the long-delayed immature frat boy he so often plays, but actually an imperfect hilarious, yet often silly, character who's main flaw is his selfishness.

September 11, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This is that branch of the romantic comedy known as 'a relationship movie', but generally short on witty lines and amusing incidents.

July 22, 2006 | Full Review…

The Break-Up doesn't turn the rom-com on its head, but with its focus on the darker side of love manages to gently tip it on its side.

July 22, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Sharp dialogue and detailed observations make it a good deal funnier than you might expect.

July 20, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Like the story of many broken down relationships: despite the initial attraction, you're left feeling cheated.

July 1, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

June 22, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Break-Up

Not the best, but has a few moments that make it worth the watch. Definitely not a feel good rom com!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Vaugh and Jen break-up but can they still live together? Jen always plays the same characters. Can't see them together on or off screen.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

I like when a movie is titled The Break-Up and people actually BREAK UP! Oops. Spoiler alert. And how nice to see Peter Billingsley's doughy face again from A Christmas Story :~) This isn't a sappy-happy romantic revenge comedy despite its marketing. The semantic misunderstandings between Martians and Venusians are presented realistically in all the arguments, especially the first one that seems to be about lemons, dishes, and ballet but isn't really about lemons, dishes, and ballet. Gary and Brooke actually scream at each other and go through a lot of shenanigans trying to get back together, only to realize the love is gone. No one side is over-demonized, and the long argument scenes filmed with a handheld camera are a refreshing change from the usual joke-laced fights that last for two on-screen minutes. Kudos to effective exposition disguised as a cheesy, opening credit montage accompanied by Queen's "You're My Best Friend." I dig the photos with bad framing and 3/4 views because it must take a lot of work to be so perfectly candid.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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