The Break Up

Well, finally maybe we can stop hearing about Vaughnistan, or whatever the hell they are calling this couple, now that the movie has been released.

This movie is the perfect example of how Hollywood gets it wrong. They don’t understand why movies are successful and can therefore never consistantly put out good movies.

I feel like I am being forced to accept Jennifer Aniston as a Hollywood star. Someone who can open and carry a movie. I’m sorry, but you’re not going to get me to admit that Anniston was responsible for any of the money made on this opening weekend.

I’m sorry, she may be able to make a good movie every once in a while like Friends With Money, but she is nothing more than a tabloid star, not someone who attracts people to the theater. As evidenced by Friends with Money, Rumor Has It, Derailed, The Good Girl and Rock Star. Her only mildly successful movies starred Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and Jim Carrey.

I know it seems like I’m bashing and being overly hard on her. But come on, lets just calm down.

Now the reason we are all here, of course, is Vince Vaughn, and he’s funny. No doubt. But lets look at this for a second.

Vince Vaughns’ followup to last years smash Wedding Crashers gets it wrong most of the time. Wedding Crashers worked because it went for the jugular and didn’t quit. Vince Vaughn excels at that fast talking, take no prisoners type of humor. You can’t follow up a movie like Wedding Crashers with a dumbed down, nicer version for younger audiences and think you’re going to have the same success.

Wedding Crashers proved that you can make a hard-R and still pull in an audience. A cutesy, nicer version only stands to lose audience, not gain it.

And I love Vince Vaughn but this isn’t what he works well in. I want the Vince from Old School, Dodgeball and Wedding Crashers, not The Break Up.

That being sad, lets talk about the movie.

It has a few funny moments, mostly the scenes with Vaughn and Favreau, but struggles for most of its laughs. While Vince Vaughns’ character obviously had a problem with being selfish, the movie presented no reason why he would want to get back involved with the Aniston character. She was hardly likeable while playing breakup mind games with Vince.

Don’t get me started on the ending. Very weak.

If you like Vince Vaughn or Jennifer Aniston and only need a few laughs to enjoy a movie, go ahead and see it. Otherwise, I would recommend waiting for video or cable.