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The Break-Up

Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston

Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Tony  
Release date: June 2, 2006 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

The Break-Up seems to be touted as a Jennifer Aniston film, but don't be fooled. This is a Vince Vaughn comedy.

The story begins as Gary (Vaughn) picks up Brooke (Aniston) while she is on a date with another man. We are then rapidly pushed forward to see them living together in a condo they own together, even though they are not married. The scirpt however imparts the feeling on an enduring relationship.

Soon the battle begins and we see what a callas self absorbed man Gary is and the war is on. It seems there is one thing more important than the relationship, well make that two. The first is the condo because neither wants to move out and the second is making the other person come crawling back so the Alpha dominance is established.

The biggest problem is that Aniston never moves from the safety of her Rachel character role in "Friends". We are once again only shown the "good girl" rather than what we really want to see, a vindictive manipulative bitch that I'm sure Aniston could play.

Yes, there are a few cute moments, but the one-upmanship goes on for far too long and results in the second half of the film dragging and the audience hoping for the whole thing to end.

If you liked Old School, Wedding Crashers and Swingers, then you will enjoy this Vaughn based romp. But if you are looking for a true romantic comedy, look elsewhere.

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