Year of Release: 1997
Director(s): Robert Greenwald
Approx. Running Time: 90 minutes
My Rating: 1 Star (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
IT'S THE LOVE OF A LIFETIME. IF IT SURVIVES THE WEEK.
THE GOOD NEWS: Steve and Monica are together. The bad news: Steve and Monica are together. The great news: Russell Crowe (L.A. Confidential) and Salma Hayek (Fools Rush In) portray the on-again, off-again couple in a savvy contemporary romance directed by Robert Greenwald (The Burning Bed) and written by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cristofer (The Shadow Box).
Mixing vignettes, still photos, on-the-street interviews and New York settings, Breaking Up chronicles the pair's crazed romance. "It's a failure, but it's ours," Steve tells Monica. And from splitting up to making up, something whispers it's the love of their lifetimes.
I wanted to like this movie, I really did. I LOVE Russell Crowe, but this movie is torturous to watch. The plot is plodding (even though it clocks in at only an hour and half), the dialogue is shit, and the movie is just plain boring.
Maybe if I didn't love Crowe so much as an actor, I wouldn't hate this piece of trash as much as I do, but as things stand, I doubt I'll ever watch it again.
Rated R (MPAA)