Variety

Breaker Upperers Movie Review

July 15, 2018 By Southpoint Tuggeranong

If there’s one thing New Zealand can do, it’s make a good film.

As proven with the arsenal in Taika Watiti’s directorial cache, from Boy, to Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and What We Do in the Shadows, he’s attached himself to New Zealand’s newest chick flick The Breaker Upperers as executive producer.

Kiwi comedians Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami have teamed up on- and off-screen to star, write and direct this cheeky comedy.

To get over being two-timed by the same man, Jen (van Beek) and Mel (Sami) begin an ethically dubious business breaking up unhappy couples. They do this by any means necessary. From song and dance and pretending to be the ‘other woman’, to crashing weddings with fake baby bumps and impersonating police officers breaking the bad news of a loved one gone missing. There’s just one rule: don’t get attached. It’s a rule that Mel is guilty of breaking. Mel is the softer of the two. She’s not quite given up the idea of a happy ending and sometimes struggles to deliver the heartbreak, whereas Jen seems to take pride in her heartlessness.

Jilted and cynical about love, the two offer a refreshingly open and upfront take about the matters of the heart for the modern woman, including experimental lesbianism and Tinder dates. While the comedy is sometimes sketchy and the story veers onto the path of predictability, it’s van Beek’s and Sami’s goofy but charismatic screen presence that keeps the cameras rolling. Click here to see the trailer and session times at Limelight Cinemas. - Laura White

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