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Breaking Up (1997)

Russell Crowe , Salma Hayek , Robert Greenwald  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Russell Crowe, Salma Hayek, Abraham Alvarez, Carlo Corazon, Marty Granger
  • Directors: Robert Greenwald
  • Writers: Michael Cristofer
  • Producers: Robert Greenwald, Arnon Milchan, Brad Gordon, Cas Donovan, Craig Thurman Suttle
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000085OXZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,811 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Breaking Up" on IMDb

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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstood! May 18, 2000
By A Customer
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The adverse reaction to the movie by other reviewers makes me wonder. This movie ran alot like an independent film, and these types of films are not for eveyone. If you have ever been in a relationship that is full of fire but that cannot withstand the unfortunate weaknesses of human character, then you will understand, and quite possibly, as I do, think this was an excellent movie that was about real life. Not every movie should be larger than life, don't you think?
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Give it a break! February 16, 2001
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I saw this movie as a Russell Crowe fan and found it to be quite realistic in depicting the ups and downs of a sexually charged relationship. Sometimes the characters' quarreling gets to be too much, but the end results are worth seeing.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Breaking Up is a movie either loved or hated by everyone who sees it. No one is indifferent. It's the story of a very dysfunctional, pain-filled, sexually charged relationship between two people, Steve and Monica (Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek, both still a few years away at this time from major stardom) who don't have the emotional maturity to handle their sexuality in a responsible fashion. They have great sex, savage each other emotionally, break up, come back together, have more great sex, beat each other up some more, break up...until they're both hurt so deeply they just can't hack it anymore. If you've ever fallen into this category, you're going to love this movie because you'll see yourself in the characters. Or you're going to hate this movie because you see yourself in the characters. Breaking Up is frequently quite funny, but it's "you laugh so you won't cry" brand funny.

Russell Crowe is just amazingly good as Steve, flexing the acting chops that shortly will be exposed to the world in Gladiator. One thing impressive about Russell in Breaking Up is he's not afraid to look bad - emotionally strung-out, tired, unshaven, fat, sloppy. He's completely believable as a guy whose horrible relationship skills are eating him alive.

Salma Hayek matches Russell talent for talent. Director Robert Greenwald tells a touching story about Salma's audition for this role. She came in, she read, and as she was leaving told him, "Thank you for letting me audition for this part, even though I know I'm not going to get it." When he asked, "Why wouldn't you get it?" she told him every part she'd ever gotten so far was a role specifically for a Latina. But that's not the case with Monica - she could be ANYTHING.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-wrenching, but realistic . . . March 27, 2001
By A Customer
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journal of a dysfunctional relationship. You want them to stay together, as much if not more than they do. But loving each other sometimes just isn't enough. If you like a movie based on relationships and characterizations, then give this a try. Imagine a gritty "When Harry Met Sally".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Up (video with Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek) February 6, 2007
Just watched the movie "Breaking Up." Editing not the best. Watched the alternative/deleted scenes and felt one of the scenes should have been included in the movie to improve clarity. Highly recommended movie for Russell fans; he's adorable and very talented.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment November 6, 2001
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much the dumbest movie I've ever seen! September 13, 2001
By Mkey
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And what is with Russell Crowe's "dialect" if you can call it that. Initially sounding half Austrailian and half South of the border, it evolves into something from the South Bronx or an early version of his "Insider" character- Jeffrey Wigand. Salma Hayek's character (did they even have names; I can't recall) wonders if there was a reason for them to be together. Sadly, there wasn't, nor was there a reason to make this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie and i got my dvd!
Published 1 month ago by christy patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars YES, YES, YES, GREAT MOVIE.
This was a really great movie. Sad also. It hits home for a lot of people. You can see why Russell Crowe is such a great actor. They both are.
Published 6 months ago by Debra
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't Live With 'Em
Can't kill 'em. This volatile couple is on an endless merry go round of breaking up and making up. It's difficult to put your finger on just what the emotional, psychological, or... Read more
Published 7 months ago by mr. contrarian
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Russell.
Who knew Russell could play those Gary Grant comedies of the 30's and 40's as well as Gladiator. The end is worth the price alone.
Published 18 months ago by Alain Manning
4.0 out of 5 stars different
This movie was a different type of movie - alot of going back and forth. The end kind of leaves you hanging and guessing - do they get back together or not. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Donna M. Grady
3.0 out of 5 stars Gets a bit better as it moves along
The writing could have been much better for this story of a man and woman who cannot seem to stay apart or stay together for very long either way, although it does improve somewhat... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Viva
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful complexity
I am watching this movie again tonight. There are some parts I thought I understood but now on after thought I'm not sure. Maybe I'll see a whole different side tonight. Read more
Published on April 13, 2012 by Rebecca
4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic film
Breaking up.
Russell crowe was great in this movie, hot headed but romantic,
DVD was in good order, nice and clear.
Published on December 22, 2010 by Dorothy4
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
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 November 11, 2003
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