Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Peyton Reed|
|Produced by||Vince Vaughn
|Screenplay by||Jeremy Garelick
|Story by||Vince Vaughn
Joey Lauren Adams
John Michael Higgins
|Music by||Jon Brion|
|Cinematography||Eric Alan Edwards|
|Edited by||Dan Lebental
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$205.7 million|
The Break-Up is a 2006 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Peyton Reed, starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. It was written by Jay Lavender and Jeremy Garelick and produced by Universal Pictures.
Gary Grobowski and Brooke Meyers meet at Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs game and begin dating, eventually buying a condominium together. Gary works as a tour guide in a family business with his brothers, Lupus and Dennis. Brooke manages an art gallery owned by eccentric artist Marilyn Dean.
Their relationship comes to a head after the latest in an escalating series of arguments. Brooke, feeling unappreciated, criticizes Gary's perceived immaturity and unwillingness to work on improving their relationship. Gary is frustrated by Brooke's perceived controlling, perfectionistic attitude, and expresses his desire to have a little more independence, particularly when arriving home from work, wanting to unwind.
Brooke becomes irate when Gary fails to offer to help her clean up after a big dinner party at their home. Still frustrated from their earlier, unresolved argument, she breaks up with him (despite still being in love with him). Brooke seeks relationship advice from her sister Addie, while Gary goes to tell his side of things to friend Johnny Ostrofski.
Since neither is willing to move out of their condo, they compromise by living as roommates; but, each begins acting out to provoke the other in increasingly elaborate ways. Gary buys a pool table, litters the condo with food and trash, and even has a strip poker party with Lupus and a few women. Meanwhile, Brooke has Gary kicked off their "couples-only" bowling team, and starts dating other men in an attempt to make Gary jealous.
When their friend and realtor Mark Riggleman sells the condo, Gary and Brooke are given two weeks' notice to move out. Brooke invites Gary to an Old 97's concert, hoping that he will figure out that the gesture is meant to be her last-ditch attempt to salvage their relationship. Gary agrees to meet her there, but misses the hidden agenda, and misses the concert—unwittingly breaking Brooke's heart. When Gary goes out for a drink with Johnny, his friend points out that Gary has always had his guard up, has been guilty of a lot of selfishness, and never gave Brooke a chance, emotional intimacy-wise.
Afterwards, Brooke quits her job in order to spend time traveling Europe. When she brings a customer from the art gallery home one evening, Brooke finds the condo cleaned and Gary preparing a fancy dinner to win her back. He lays his heart on the line and promises to appreciate her more. Brooke becomes devastated and states that she just cannot give in anymore, and, therefore, does not feel the same way. Gary seems to understand and kisses her before leaving. It is later revealed that Brooke's "date" (who initially asked her out, but she politely rejected) was actually a client interested in a piece of artwork she kept at the condo.
Both eventually move out of the condo. Gary begins taking a more active role in his tour guide business, while Brooke travels the world, eventually returning to Chicago. Some time later, they meet again by chance on the street as Gary is bringing home groceries and Brooke is on her way to a meeting. After some awkward but friendly catching up, they part ways but each glances back over their shoulder and they share a smile.
- Vince Vaughn as Gary Grobowski
- Jennifer Aniston as Brooke Meyers
- Joey Lauren Adams as Addie Jones
- Cole Hauser as Lupus Grobowski, Gary's brother
- Jon Favreau as Johnny Ostrofski
- Jason Bateman as Mark Riggleman
- Judy Davis as Marilyn Dean
- Justin Long as Christopher Hirons
- John Michael Higgins as Richard Meyers, Brooke's brother
- Vernon Vaughn as Howard Meyers, Brooke's father
- Ann-Margret as Wendy Meyers, Brooke's mom
- Vincent D'Onofrio as Dennis Grobowski, Gary's other brother
- Peter Billingsley as Andrew
- Mary-Pat Green as Mischa
- Keir O'Donnell as Paul Grant
- Geoff Stults as Mike Lawrence
- Linda Cohn as ESPN Sportscaster (voice)
- Zack Shada as Mad Dawg Killa (voice)
The romance/comedy film grossed over $205 million worldwide, with a total of $118.7 million at the American box office.
On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 34% based on 192 reviews with an average rating of 5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "This anti-romantic comedy lacks both laughs and insight, resulting in an odd and unsatisfying experience." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 45 out of 100 based on 37 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.
Film critic Rick Green of Globe and Mail said, "Although possessed of a laudable desire not to be yet another run-of-the-mill, wacky-impediment—damned if the picture can figure out how to be an anti-romance comedy."
Awards & Nominations
|ASCAP Film and Television Music award||Top Box Office Films||John Brion
|People's Choice award||Favorite Female Movie Star||Jennifer Aniston||Won|
|Favorite On-Screen Match-Up||Jennifer Aniston
|Teen Choice award||Choice Movie - Comedy||N/A||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actor - Comedy||Vince Vaughn||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actress - Comedy||Jennifer Aniston||Nominated|
|Choice Movie - Chemistry||Jennifer Aniston
|Choice Movie - Breakout Male||Justin Long||Nominated|
|The Break-Up OST|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||October 3, 2006|
|Genre||Score • Various|
|Jon Brion chronology|
All tracks written by Jon Brion excepted where noted.
The film was released on DVD on October 17, 2006. It has grossed $51 million in the US from DVD/home video rentals. It was later released on Blu-ray on June 3, 2014.