Movie Reviews

The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020)

broken-hearts-gallery-review-poster-2020Director: Natalie Krinsky

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Runtime: 108 Minutes

Main Cast: Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Molly Gordon, Phillipa Soo, Suki Waterhouse, Nathan Dales, Nikki Duval, Chris Sandiford

Plot: Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan) collects memorabilia from every relationship she’s ever been in. After a particularly bad break up, she happens to meet Nick (Dacre Montgomery) who is in the process of doing up a hotel but is struggling due to a lack of funds. Lucy offers Nick her help and in return, Nick offers up space for Lucy to build the Broken Hearts Gallery, an art display of the objects other people have held onto to remember past relationships.

My Thoughts: I’m really starting to worry about the future of cinemas. My local has never been busy unless it’s opening weekend of the latest blockbuster movie, but it feels so much emptier lately. Last night I was there with the bestie and we were the only ones in the screen for The Broken Hearts Gallery which doesn’t surprise me too much as the movie has had literally no marketing over here but the rest of the building was eerily quiet! With big movies like Wonder Woman now being pushed back to winter, unless we get a steady stream of smaller movies I’m really concerned about what will happen to our cinemas.

Anyway, let me tell you how much I adored this movie. It is SO CUTE. I’m going to try and refrain from gushing about how much I fell in love with Dacre Montgomery but you guys. I loved him enough in Stranger Things but there’s something about him here I can’t explain. His eyes! How can a man be so…pretty? I digress. One of the many things I love about this movie is its lead, Geraldine Viswanathan. What a breath of fresh air to watch a romcom with a relatable woman who isn’t a size 0 supermodel yet is still stunning and plays a character you can just see yourself in? I lost count of the number of times we elbowed each other in the cinema while laughing and saying “that’s me!”.

I think I was smiling from ear to ear most of the time. Lucy and her friends have such great chemistry and share so many funny moments. Phillipa Soo is a particular stand out – Hamilton fans are going to be so happy with her role here. The Broken Hearts Gallery might not be groundbreaking, it has a lot of the stereotypical romcom tropes in it, but it does them all so well that it doesn’t need to break any barriers. Lucy and Nick don’t fall in love straight away, it takes time, and I can’t remember the last time I got so excited to see a first kiss in a movie. I highly recommend this, and yet I worry I might have built it up to be more than it is. Romcom fans will love it, for sure.

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Best Bit: This is impossible to pick because I have so many. Nick’s grand gesture? The karaoke bar? The moment that Jeff finally speaks? There are so many memorable moments, but I guess the one that sticks out is when we realise why it is that Lucy collects all these things in the first place. It added another level to the movie and I think that’s what makes it stand out from the thousands of other romcoms out there.

Worst Bit: I guess it comes down to great writing, directing and acting but I don’t remember the last time I loathed a character as much as Lucy’s ex, Max. When he tried to get back together with her Ii was repulsed! It was a good job we were alone in the room because I was actually shouting at Lucy!

Fun Trivia: The Broken Hearts Gallery was originally scheduled for a July 2020 release, but got pushed back to August 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However it was later pulled from the schedule, eventually being scheduled for a September 11, 2020 release. The film premiered on the Sony Pictures Studios lot as part of the company’s ongoing “Drive-In Experience” event.

My Rating: 4 and a half meerkats…one of Jeff’s favourite animals which he passionately talks about!

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Movie Reviews

Good Boys (2019)

good-boys-2019-movie-poster-reviewDirector: Gene Stupnitsky

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 89 Minutes

Main Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis, Izaac Wang, Millie Davis, Josh Caras, Will Forte, Chance Hurstfield, Stephen Merchant

Plot: Max, Lucas and Thor have been best friends their whole lives, but are growing apart as they get older. When Max gets invited to a ‘kissing party’, the boys club together to learn how to kiss – which inevitably leads to a broken drone belonging to Max’s Dad, and two older girls chasing them down after the boys unwittingly steal their drugs.

My Thoughts: Yes, Odeon, for giving us a Limitless exclusive preview that actually feels like a preview! I’ve been excited to see Good Boys after the teaser trailer revealing that the 3 lead boys aren’t actually allowed to watch their own movie trailer because they’re too young. Like Booksmart from earlier this year, Good Boys is at risk of being hailed ‘the new Superbad’ but I honestly think this is better than that, anyway. Does it bring anything new to the genre? No. Does it bring any surprises along the way? Also no – but the cast carries the entire movie so well that it stands above the rest anyway.

Little Jacob Tremblay is literally the cutest kid in Hollywood, I can’t even. One day he’s going be a megastar and we’ll all be like ‘Omg, do you remember that movie when he was playing a foul-mouthed kid?’. One thing is for sure, after watching this I’m SO glad I’m a mum to a girl and not a boy. Boys are gross! Honestly though, Good Boys brought out the inner child in everyone in the screening I was in last night. We all giggled away at the word ‘boobs’, and the boys’ choice of err…weapons.

So many comedies rely on pop culture references to bring the laughs, and whilst I love those comedies too, they don’t hold up over time to new audiences. I feel like Good Boys will be one of those comedies that’s still just as funny in 10 years time as it is now. If you haven’t already guessed, this movie gets a huuuuge thumbs up from me!

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Best Bit: I thought nothing could be more outrageous than Thor’s parents’ ‘CPR doll’ but oh, I was so wrong. When the boys open the door to Stephen Merchant (a welcomed surprise cameo!) armed with a plethora of other ‘weapons’ they must have got from the bedroom…oh my. I was crying from laughing. It was one of those jokes that carried on through the movie…until Max gave Brixlee the ‘necklace’.

Worst Bit: Speaking of the CPR doll…if there was any moment that made Seth Rogan’s involvement obvious, it was the aftermath of Max kissing that doll. I was half expecting another character to shout ‘OHHH BOYYYYY’ just to remind me of that horrible (but hilarious) moment in Long Shot.

Fun Trivia: The film received an R rating for strong crude sexual content, drug and alcohol material, and language – all involving tweens. This marks the first time an R rating has been given with the description ‘all involving tweens’.

My Rating: 4 and a half beers. I dare you to try and beat the record of…3 sips.

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