Duration: 1 hr 30 min
Bitter and cynical after a nasty break-up, best mates Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek) start a business outsourcing the stress of ending a relationship, breaking up couples for cash.
No your average rom-com, The Breaker Upperers is a fun exploration of all kinds of love.
"Some have compared wacky new Kiwi comedy The Breaker Upperers to Bridesmaids. That’s not quite right.
They are similar in the sense that they’re both female-led comedies that unapologetically relish in being “unladylike”. But if you’re looking for a spiritual twin, The Breaker Upperers is a lot closer to TV series Broad City, with its story of complex and unbreakable female friendship and a fresh, irresistible looseness...."
"...It’s disingenuous to badge The Breaker Upperers as a mere female-centric step into typically male-focused terrain, however; unlike gender-swapped big-budget fare like Ghostbusters and Ocean’s 8, van Beek and Sami aren’t following a strict template. Theirs is a loose, improvisation-friendly effort brimming with personality rather than formula. After premiering at SXSW in March, the film is proving a hit as it makes its way around the world — releasing to box office success in its homeland in May, and opening the Sydney Film Festival before an Australian theatrical run in July. Anyone interested in smart, proudly distinctive comedies — not to mention timely, given the growing pull of female-led features — ought to take notice..."
"...What really marks The Breaker Upperers apart, however, is the filmmakers’ refreshingly matter-of-fact treatment of female sexuality, presented here as adaptable, explorative, and well, simply a given..."
"...It's not hard to see how it would sell to an international audience, happily perpetuating the (not entirely untrue) myth of a country populated by neurotic yet polite weirdos with maybe lower than average emotional intelligence. Yet even when The Breaker Upperers is at its most quaint, there remains a spark at its core that gives even the too-neat ending an edge..."
"...The real stars of the show are Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek who play Jen and Mel.. their chemistry, their biting wit and on-point improvisations are absolutely mint.
The being said, The Breaker Upperers is still a friendship bro-mance or Wo-mance, .. it never takes itself that seriously and strikes the perfect balance between being awkward and absurd"
"Clients: too cowardly to do the dropping,
So Mel & Jen plan to come stopping
By to provide a unique service
(Client fraternising makes Jen nervous).
Hilarious scenes as jilted lovers endure a copping."