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Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston star in the charming and unpredictable comedy The Break-Up. After two years together, Gary and Brooke's relationship seems to have taken a comical wrong turn on the way to happily ever after. Now the break-up is on, the lines have been drawn, and their honest feelings for each other are coming out. Get ready for an all-out war of the exes in this fun date movie that's hilarious and heartfelt.

Additional Features

If you ever want a complete Cliff's Notes interpretation of a movie, get Vince Vaughn to do the commentary. The actor (and in this case, producer and writer of the story) painstakingly explains the meaning behind every story decision, bit of dialogue, and sidelong glance in the movie ("See, he plays video games because it's comfortable for him--he loves to have control."). Jennifer Aniston joins him on the commentary, but has little to say but agree with his nonstop play-by-play. Gossipmongers looking for any extra chemistry indicating the Vaughniston romance will be disappointed, though Vaughn wisely makes no reference to his past dating history with co-star Joey Lauren Adams, who plays Aniston's best friend. Only director Peyton Reed, in a separate commentary track, makes an allusion: that he was hesitant about sending Aniston a script called The Break-Up in the middle of her divorce from Brad Pitt.

There's clearly a fondness for the city of Chicago (where the movie is set), the subject of a feature hosted by the Three Brothers (the fictional tourism business run by Vaughn's character). Castmates Cole Hauser and Jon Favreau also pitch in to showcase famous Chicago haunts. There's also a behind-the-scenes doc on the Tone Rangers, the a capella group formed by John Michael Higgins in the movie, a number of extended scenes and outtakes, and a silly "alternate ending" that thankfully, stayed alternate. But the best feature is the unedited footage of Vaughn and Favreau riffing various takes during a bar scene. Watching it can get tedious after the eighth go-around, but fans of the pair (who co-starred in Swingers and Made) will be fascinated watching them organically grow a hilarious scene through improvisation. --Ellen A. Kim


Special Features

  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Improv with Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau
  • In Perfect Harmony: The Tone Rangers
  • The Making of The Break-Up
  • Three Brothers: A Tour of Chicago
  • Feature Commentary with Actors Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston
  • Feature Commentary with Director Peyton Reed

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Joey Lauren Adams, Cole Hauser
    • Directors: Peyton Reed
    • Writers: Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender
    • Producers: Vince Vaughn, Scott Stuber
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
    • Dubbed: French, Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2006
    • Run Time: 107 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000HCPS94
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,723 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Break-Up (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

    Customer Reviews

    Do not watch this movie if you are looking for a lighthearted romantic comedy with a good ending - this movie is not it.
    alinavg
    Instead they see a movie about two people that are so hateful to each other that nothing good can possibly come out of their relationship.
    Bill Garrison
    The audience was merely given the opportunity to see a relationship disintegrate as though we can not see that enough in real life.
    G. Price

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on December 2, 2006
    Format: DVD
    Realistic to the end. I've been involved with counseling many couples who break up and this movie hits the proverbial nail right on the head. Many break ups are "accidental". Many times persons who break up wish they could be back together. Many times the greatest danger comes when the problems are out in the open and persons attempt to save the relationship.

    All of the cast does a good job. The characters are believable and make the viewer root for them, even the supporting cast. The viewer becomes emotionally glued to this film with a desire for these two to make it, but they always seem to just miss, even though both want it to work. This could be a healing film, but it is not a "feel good" film. This may be why so many viewers, expecting a light hearted comedy, gave it less than stellar reviews.

    Most people who have experienced the breakup of a close relationship will see themselves in this film. About half of all marriages end in divorce and most couples who live together will eventually split. The brightest spot in the film is the ending. It reminds us that however relationships turn out, there is hope for a future on the other side.

    I won't say how this film turns out, but if you do not like the ending there is an alternate ending in the bonus features. I liked the ending that showed in the theatres, but the other ending is worth a glance, if only for a few laughs.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader VINE VOICE on November 19, 2006
    Format: DVD
    I didn't see this film in the theater, so when I sat down to view The Break-Up I was surprised by the fact that it's less of a romantic comedy than a romantic drama. Sure there are some funny moments, but at its heart the film is about the relationship of Gary Grobowski and Brooke Meyers (played wonderfully by Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston) and how it explodes into a great mess. Vince Vaughn is great as the selfish Gary who doesn't understand why people just can't fall in line and do what he wants them to do. As his girlfriend, Brooke, Aniston shows some real acting chops and plays a character much more adult and well-rounded than Rachel from Friends. While the film focuses mostly on the characters of Gary and Brooke, the supporting cast is also top-notch. Two that really shine in the film are Jon Favreau as Gary's best friend and Vincent D'Onofrio as Gary's older brother, Dennis, who gets no respect from self-centered Gary. There is one scene in particular between them that was just heart-wrenching. As I said, this film was not what I expected it to be. After something like The Wedding Crashers, I guess I was expecting a bit more slapstick and childish humor from a Vaughn film, but that is definitely not what The Break-Up is; in fact, it's a very adult film about two people who can't seem to communicate with each other until it's too late. I especially like that the writers didn't sell out in the end and go for the hokey finale. Very good film.
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    35 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2006
    Format: DVD
    In order to appreciate The Break-Up you really have to suspend disbelief at the reasons why a couple like Gary (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) would actually come together in the first place. The film is well acted and fast paced and also entertaining, and it does a generally good job of showing what happens when love turns into a weapon of mutual destruction.

    It's just I didn't quite buy the fact that a somewhat educated and cultured girl like Brooke who works as a art-gallery curator and likes going to the ballet would actually see in a working class schlep like Gary, a voluble if considerably doughy charmer who, with his two brothers (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Cole Hauser), runs a guided tourist service in Chicago.

    If you can get beyond this strange lapse of logic, The Break-Up is a mostly fun and astute and features the lovely Jennifer and the clever Vince at their snappish best. The story itself is pretty slim: Brook and Gary meet at a Cubs game, fall in love hard, buy a showpiece apartment together and live happily ever after. All this happens in the opening credits.

    It doesn't take long, however, for the cracks to appear in the relationship and the fights inevitably start coming. He doesn't buy the right number of lemons for a dinner party she's hosting for their respective families, and then doesn't do the dishes until she nags him to help. She doesn't understand his needs, which is basically relaxing after a hard day on his feet and watching the ball game. So consequently, after a bitter argument, Brooke impulsively puts an end to their relationship.

    The big problem is that they both own the apartment together, and over the next couple of weeks things get worse.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Price on February 11, 2007
    Format: DVD
    The Break-Up has Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston in the leading roles and their talents carry those roles well. The characters are not over the top but given realistic presentations. Unfortunately, this is where the good points of the movie stop. The story failed to carry any message, it failed to enlighten, it failed to inspire, it simply failed. The audience was merely given the opportunity to see a relationship disintegrate as though we can not see that enough in real life. Gosh, thank you so much. Even the meek attempt made to reconcile is met with a sudden change of heart, but the story fails to adequately develop the basis for this change and so the inevitable ending is reached. The relationship of the characters was a waste of time and my relationship with the movie was a waste of time.
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