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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not goo enough to buy Feb. 3 2003
Format:VHS Tape
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.........because the movie was over. If I could I woudl SO ask for my money back. Although the movies offers some steamy hallucenations, it's not worth the time and effort to watch movie. Trust me, DO NOT BUY THIS MOVIE!... Rent it from blockbuster or something.....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Up/Not Bad April 21 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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 comedy..but I think he could swing any kind of role...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ummm...not Russ' best work April 11 2002
Format:VHS Tape
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. He was excellent in it, but the story was not very good. It seemed as if they threw this movie together at the last minute and it was so boring. Who likes to watch a young couple scream at eachother all the time? Not me. I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well done, if you like break ups. Jan. 16 2002
By LN
Format:VHS Tape
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. Because they got it right.
If you like Russell Crowe and or Salma Hayek - it is not to be missed. They are both delicous in this.
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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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