Breaking Up Movie Review 1997

Information and Film Reviews for Breaking Up the Movie

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What steamy sheet action brings together, dreary day to day living easily pulls apart. That is the basic message of this bland romantic comedy that brings nothing new to the tired genre. Typical opposites attract but can't stay together (yet can't stay apart) plot finds photographer Crowe and teacher Hayek madly in lust and impulsively marrying. Hayek had more to work with when she played this role in "Fools Rush In," and Crowe seems uncomfortable as the lackluster boyfriend. Told in a chatty style with frequent asides to the audience by the main characters and a string of flashback sequences, director Greenwald's theatre background is apparent here. Clever camera work and editing are highlights. Adapted from Michael Cristofer's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.


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Available on VHS
Running time 90 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Comedy, Flashback, Marriage, Adapted from a Play
Michael Cristofer
Salma Hayek, Russell Crowe
Robert Greenwald
Mark Mothersbaugh

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