Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations

The Breaker Upperers - Film Review

Home > Everywhere > Cinema | Comedy | Film Reviews | Movie Reviews
Published July 16th 2018
More madness from Taika Waititi


New Zealand's Taika Waititi is back to the big screen to elicit more laughs in his latest production, The Breaker Upperers

Once again, Executive producer Waititi has brought together Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami. Both actresses worked with him on Eagle vs Shark and What we do in the Shadows. This marks the first time that Van Beek and Sami are directing as well as playing the lead characters.

The Breaker Upperers revolves around two women, Jen (Van Beek) and Mel (Sami) who fall in with each other and become close friends after Jen discovers her boyfriend has been seeing Mel behind her back. Their cynicism about romantic love leads them to form an agency that specialises in breaking up couples (similar to the Wakaresaseya in Japan). To get the job done, the duo resort to various disguises and tricks. Business has been good over the past fifteen years, with a growing number of victims in their wake. One of them is Anna (Celia Pacquola, Offspring).



Jen and Mel have established a platonic, albeit codependent relationship. While out on a job, Mel falls in love with the client, Jordan (James Rolleston, Boy), who wants to break up with his girlfriend Sepa (Ana Scotney), but lacks the courage to say it to her face. This, along with Anna's subsequent re-appearance, puts Mel's personal and professional relationship with Jen to the test, which later sees Jen join forces with Sepa to break Mel and Jordan up and reunite Jordan and Sepa.

This buddy comedy evokes some memories of The Wedding Crashers starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. The chemistry between Van Beek and Sami is reminiscent of that between Vaughn and Wilson. It does not surprise that The Breaker Upperers received favourable reviews at the SXSW Festival. Closer to home, it was offered at the Sydney Film Festival last month, with The Guardian correspondent Luke Buckmaster giving it three out of five stars. The film's characters are mainly one-dimensional and its storyline rather loose. It is driven mainly by the energy of its lead actors, Sami and Van Beek, who wrote the script in addition to directing it.

Despite its apparent flaws, Rotten Tomatoes has given it a score of 90%. The likelihood that fans of romantic comedies will fall in love with The Breaker Upperers is rather high. After its successful run at the festival circuit in Sydney and Newcastle, The Breaker Upperers will be released commercially from 26 July across Australia.

Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  9
*Andrew Situ was invited as a guest
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Your Comment
Articles from other cities
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions