Breaking Up (1997)

ROBERT GREENWALD

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

USA, 1997.  Greenlight Productions, New Regency Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by , based on his play.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Robert Greenwald, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

In this two-character drama, an awkwardly matched couple (, ) decide that they are no longer compatible and should go their separate ways. Instead of the instant clean break that they expect, however, their parting company becomes a complicated affair almost as intense as their relationship was when they were together.

First, they have to deal with the fact that although they are personally at odds, their physical attraction is still strong, and then they have to figure out if they really don’t want to be together: after all, the jealousy they feel when they each think of the other with someone new could be a reason to stay together, isn’t it?

Crowe and Hayek are perfectly matched, their intellectual and physical chemistry giving this film everything it’s got going for it. Thankfully, the film mostly relies on this, because otherwise it’s just an average off-Broadway play with grand ambitions.

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