Curiosity at least will see people flocking to this in droves. With Aniston and Vaughn, Hollywood's favourite gossip fodder of late, reportedly getting together on the set of this film about a couple breaking up, we're all intrigued already. And with much cause.
'The Break-Up', adapted from a short story written by leading man Vince Vaughn, is a humorous take on letting go, moving on and being mature (and the opposite of all those things as well).
Brooke (Aniston) and Gary (Vaughn) strike up an unlikely romance, which soon becomes a deep emotional attachment on the part of Brooke, but Gary never lets his guard down. He becomes all too comfortable in the relationship far too quickly and takes pretty much everything about his life for granted in a very laddish manner (enough to annoy even the most patient woman!).
At first it's just the little things, like bickering over the details of dinner party arrangements. Then before you know it it's the washing-up and the ballet... and an endless list of niggly little things. Suddenly, these two people have very little in common anymore, with Brooke realising that she has merely slotted in to Gary's life, without him having to make any changes.
What follows, as their relationship disintegrates and they decide to sell their joint-owned condo, provides some of the funniest scenes of this movie. Both would rather live in hellish conditions, going out of their way to annoy each other, rather than give in and be the one to move out first. So Gary invites all his mates over for strip poker nights, while Brooke brings home a different man every night and offers up her bedroom for rehearsals for her brother's male harmony choir (priceless). In between respective best friends Johnny O (Favreau) and Addie (Adams) provide comic relief that stretches from name-calling to hiring the heavies.
Vaughn proves that he does sensitive just as well as silly comedy here, really bringing out the frustrations of his character, a guy who just can't talk about his true feelings. Aniston too comes into her own as a strong-willed yet emotionally drained woman, who is dangerously close to breaking point – proving that her recent good turn in 'Friends with Money' was not a one-off. It's a shame though that her unchanging physical appearance always drags you back to that apartment in New York – but fortunately not to the detriment of this outing.
'The Break-Up' is intelligent comedy – crowd-pleasing fare that won't offend too many sensibilities but will most likely cause a few people to take a long hard look in the mirror. There'll be pity between the laughs and for some it might even stir up a few regrets, as its life goes on message becomes merely an afterthought.