I saw “The Break Up” with my husband and our couple pals last night. Mixed feelings. On one hand it was a very good movie; Vince and Jen played successfully with the dark side of their personas. And yet, we left disturbed. My husband and I talked about the issues that push male and female buttons. This movie pushed all of them: how women play games rather than just say what they really want; how men get aggressive in a fight and fight to win even when they’re wrong.
Like us, a lot of couples probably left that movie talking about people they know who are just like those characters. Fewer saw those characters in themselves.
However, I digress. This movie won’t do well at the box office next week because the previews promised one thing, but the movie delivered a completely different experience. I think that’s the biggest problem with movies today. First, there are way too many writers in the writing room and what was once a strong screenplay, got diluted. Second, some movies try to be everything and then forget what they were needed to be. In this case, there were moments of ridiculous comedy (ala Wedding Crashers) and then it took a screeching turn into searing drama.
From one writer to another, I recommend you watch it and take those lessons back to your desk. As a movie viewer, wait for the DVD.