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Monday, June 18, 2007

Movie Review: The Break-Up

This is an urgent message for anybody who thinks "The Break-Up" sounds like an entertaining film to watch for a night in: it's really not.

Basically the plot is that Vince Vaughn or however you spell it wants to break up with his girlfriend, played by Jennifer Aniston. However they can't decide who has to move out of the house they helped each other renovate. Lesson taught: Never build a house with your boyfriend/girlfriend unless you are absolutely sure what will happen to it if your relationship goes awry.

Lesson learned from this movie: Never co-star with a rebound boyfriend like Jennifer Aniston did in this movie, the fact that the film is titled "The Break-Up" is a really, really bad omen for an acting role done with one's latest fling.

Trust me, I've seen Jennifer Aniston act better in a movie called "Rumour Has It". That movie shows that there is hope for Jen as an actress, she might not be an Oscar winning one, but if she picks better movie roles than the one I'm reviewing now, there's no reason why she can't transcend this vapid, void of any good humor fluff film, unfortunately she gets typecast often.

Vince Vaughn (or however you spell it) has more acting ability displayed in the movie "Dodgeball" than in one word of the script this movie allows him to work with. He was not born for romantic "comedies" like this. He was put on this Earth to give us laughs from jocular comedies like "Wedding Crashers". He too has hope as an actor, and even he could concievably pull off a serious role in a credible movie like a Scorsese film, however it is well known that comedy actors never get the chance to develop the skills for such talent focused fare.

Take Adam Sandler for example. His more serious role in "Spanglish" was a great one. He left behind the schoolboy comedies of his past to perform marvellously in Spanglish. Sadly, serious roles like this were hard to find, and it is really risky to get a comedy actor like him to do a serious role. This "risk" is "Will people take him seriously after all the screwball comedies he's done?" and the fact that these days, dumbed down comedies rule the silver screen for young people.

I give this film Half a "Badly Written Script", however we should not condemn the actors in it entirely. These actors could be greats in their old age, they just need to refine their skills and not be given typecast roles. If Vince Vaughn or Jennifer Aniston developed their acting and went for other roles than their usual choices of employment, we could well see good cinema.

Sincerely, Jacob Martin, TeenAuthor.

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