THE BREAK UP
GUEST POST by Ann
I was quite excited about going to see it even though I knew my ab fab fav actor was featured for barely five minutes. I am rather fond of Vaughn and Aniston as I have watched them mature over the years and enjoyed some of their previous work.The film is bittersweet; more bitter than sweet, with two characters I did not care for. Brook was manipulative and whiney and Gary a man-child. Their siblings however stole the movie and far outshone the stars.The dinner party scene with their families, I believe was the highlight of the whole film and that was early on. The family were far more entertaining than Gary and Brooke, although there was barely a peep out of Gary's mother (at least I assume the little dark haired lady was his mother) nor a word from Dennis' wife. Their brothers were all totally different and extreme in their personalities and behavior, which made Gary and Brooke seem boring and devoid of color.Brook's 'in the closet' brother Richard was hilariously played by John Michael Higgins and his role was pure comedy. Gary and his brothers worked together in the family tour guide business. His brother Lupus (Cole Hauser) was an outrageous lecherous hedonist. His older brother Dennis (our Vincent) was controlling and awkward with two aims... a successful business on land, water and air and to be with his family.
As the film progressed, I empathized with Brook's feelings of being taken for granted, it all seemed so familiar, but I lost patience with Gary and his puerile antics. His best friend Johnny O, played by Jon Favreau, pulled no punches in telling Gary his faults and by the time the penny dropped it was too late.