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Breaking Up (Widescreen)

Russell Crowe , Salma Hayek , Robert Greenwald    R (Restricted)   DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Steve (Russell Crowe) and Monica (Salma Hayek) make a dreadful couple. Something about Monica, a teacher, turns Steve, a photographer, into an insensitive jerk. Steve's behavior makes Monica clingy and hysterical. When the romantic "dramedy" Breaking Up opens, Steve and Monica are doing just that--breaking up. But every time they break up, one of them breaks down and calls the other to suggest, "Let's get together for dinner and talk." By now, they're so hot for each other that they tumble right into bed. As Monica puts it, "As the relationship has deteriorated, we f*** like monkeys!" Breaking Up is a very real portrait of an addictive love affair that strikes a decidedly familiar chord. How many of us have been through unhealthy relationships like this one? Crowe and Hayek are so credible that the movie is most compelling to watch. Their good times are achingly sweet. (When Crowe proposes marriage to Hayek in the back of a taxi, the heart of every female viewer is guaranteed to melt.) But can the good times make up for the bad? Using a mixture of filming techniques--montages, monologues, on-street interviews, plus straight-out dramatic scenes--director Robert Greenwald (The Burning Bed), and Pulitzer Prize-winning screenwriter Michael Cristofer (The Shadow Box), create a provocative, intimate, and erotic anatomy of the quintessential destructive relationship. --Laura Mirsky

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Monica teaches, Steve's a photographer. They've dated more than two years. They're arguing, and she leaves for her apartment, only to return in a few minutes to say they should stop seeing each other. A few days later, they're back together, but within two hours, he takes offense at an off-hand remark, and the separation starts in earnest. They see other people, then, out of the blue, Steve asks Monica to marry him. She says yes, and a time of ecstasy begins: they interview strangers, asking them what makes a marriage work, and she moves in with him. Then comes the wedding, and when Steve freezes, anger rends the relationship again. Can harmony return?

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a lot of story, but the scenery is great! April 15 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
If you love either Salma Hayek or Russell Crowe, buy this film.
It didn't win any awards, because it's a "B" movie, but I've paid for and watched a lot worse. Crowe and Hayek worked hard at being a couple in love and it's fun to watch. It's almost as if they were on opposing roller coasters, one at the top while the other was at the bottom.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment Nov. 6 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Well I should have known...any movie with Salma Hayek usually I have not liked. I wanted to add this movie to my Russell Crowe collection and it was a mistake. I didn't think he could make a bad movie, but, this is it. He was fine in it...although I miss his Australian accent,but, the movie itself is just plain terrible. It was a waste of time to watch and I would give anything if I had not wasted my money too,but, we learn from our mistakes. This entire movie consist of these two people fighting, making love, fighting, making love, making up and then starting back over again only to finally figure out, HELLO, that it isn't going to work between them. I am sorry to say that this movie is a waste of time and money to watch, purchase, rent...whatever.It got on my nerves. I still like Russell Crowe alot. He is still a fantastic actor but this movie is a thorn in his side I think.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Give it a break! Feb. 16 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Hey guys, give this poor little flick a break! In the first place, if you are a Russell Crowe fan, I think you'll just like watching him because, darlings, he's at least half of what's on the screen at a given time. Yes, many of the criticisms in the other reviews are valid, but my husband and I...married 38 years this summer...saw ourselves all through the movie. (He cried at the ending.)I think anyone who's been in any kind of long-term relationship could get something from it. Okay, the "talking to the screen" bits are annoying. I felt the "man-on-the-street" interviews were relaxed but went on a bit too long, yadda, yadda, yadda. This will not be on anybody's list of top 5 or even top 100 ever, but any movie where Russell Crowe licks someone's toes has to be worth a look-see and given a little slack!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Continuing the film spree June 18 2000
By Sam G
Format:VHS Tape
This is, in my opinion, the next weakest of Mr. Crowe's films that I've seen. The bottom film is "No Way Back".
The problems, I see, with this film come from direction and lack of trust. Which could come from not trusting the director or the actors not having any time to form a connection. Since film is shot out of sequence there is an imbalance with the levels of acting on the screen. Scenes where the characters/actors are starting to finally connect and trust each other and give over to the moment are interspersed with scenes where there is no trust and it has nothing to do with the timeline of their relationship.
Continuity, with the accent? Yes, it appears to be New York but at one point the conversation is about him and Australia? Onward and upward
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of film! May 15 2000
Format:VHS Tape
If I could give this video zero stars I would. The one star goes to Russell Crowe at least he tried to make this film believable. I had one problem with Mr. Crowe's performance he couldn't get the accent straight was it a New Yorker accent? I felt he was just falling into his own natural Australian accent. I would think at least he would provide a better performance; not what I was looking for, especially after his brillant turn as Bud White in LA Confidental. Selma Hayek was just scenery. The characters in this film did nothing to endear themselves to me. I rented this film and luckily I had a free rental coupon. Don't waste your money on this! Moral of this story: rent LA Confidental.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Up Nov. 18 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This film made me laugh, sigh, cringe and downright squirm as I watched it. It brought back way-too-vivid memories of the two great passions and subsequent breakups of my own life. The bathtub scene absolutely cracked me up, seeing what goes through a guy's head while he's acting all tough and "over it"- the camera angles are priceless.
While it may be uncomfortable to watch at times, this movie does a good job of telling its story in a way that will ring true with a lot of people. The characters are well played, not always likeable, but familiar in their actions. It left me with a sad ache, a small sense of relief, and maybe a bit of hope . . . .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Up Nov. 18 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This film made me laugh, sigh, cringe and downright squirm as I watched it. It brought back way-too-vivid memories of the two great passions and subsequent breakups of my own life. The bathtub scene absolutely cracked me up, seeing what goes through a guy's head while he's acting all tough and "over it"- the camera angles are priceless.
While it may be uncomfortable to watch at times, this movie does a good job of telling its story in a way that will ring true with a lot of people. The characters are well played, not always likeable, but familiar in their actions. It left me with a sad ache, a small sense of relief, and maybe a bit of hope . . . .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Up Nov. 18 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This film made me laugh, sigh, cringe and downright squirm as I watched it. It brought back way-too-vivid memories of the two great passions and subsequent breakups of my own life. The bathtub scene absolutely cracked me up, seeing what goes through a guy's head while he's acting all tough and "over it"- the camera angles are priceless.
While it may be uncomfortable to watch at times, this movie does a good job of telling its story in a way that will ring true with a lot of people. The characters are well played, not always likeable, but familiar in their actions. It left me with a sad ache, a small sense of relief, and maybe a bit of hope . . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie but they should have kept the original VHS cover
have you seen the original VHS cover? it screams sexy! When they converted the movie to DVD they made it seem sad. just go to the VHS version and take a look. Read more
Published on July 13 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Salma Hayek is simply gorgeous!!!
This movie is so lame on so many different levels I cannot begin to write about them without taking a deep breath for the long journey ahead. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2003 by D. Knouse
1.0 out of 5 stars Crud Galore
Whoever counselled Russell Crowe to take on this role needs to be shot and Crowe needs to rethink keeping that person on staff. Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Not goo enough to buy
I really like Russell Crowe and Salma Heyek in this movie, but it was just too boring to buy. I definately thought the ending was the best part though......... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2003 by T. Ellis
2.0 out of 5 stars Wish there was no dialogue with this...
Russell Crowe is yummy, but what is up with his accent? This is a movie to be enjoyed with the sound off, because the dialogue is very painful to hear.
Published on Jan. 7 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Up/Not Bad
Russell looked great, different kind of movie, just the two characters, but I thought the premise was good, Different kind of role for him, never pictured him in a romantic... Read more
Published on April 21 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Ummm...not Russ' best work
I must say that I was truly dissapointed after watching this film. It almost made my cry to think Russell Crowe would even consider making this movie. Read more
Published on April 11 2002 by K. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Well done, if you like break ups.
The two leads are really good... but it is about a breakup. DUH! If you have not been through one, it is educational. If you have... it is mostly just sad. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2002 by LN
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