Wedding films are very similar to wedding cakes: usually tasty, satisfying, and a little crowded. So it’s nice to have a piece of this hearty formula in “We broke up, ”Writer / Director Jeff RosenbergEntry into the wedding genre.
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Most of them light and bubbly Aya Cash is cast as the sad, amorous leading actress Lori and takes on the role with ease and grace. Cash shows her reach while holding the film together. This is a worst case scenario where a wedding comes to life.
Lori was with Doug (William Jackson Harper) for over ten years, but when he asks her to marry him, she vomits immediately. The problem for the couple – aside from their long silence, lack of chemistry, and the now broken relationship – is the timing of the split, which occurs just three days before Lori’s sister’s wedding. Doug insists on going to the wedding with or without Lori, a decision that leads to a comedy of mistakes disguised as a comedy of manners because it is the manners that lead to the most mistakes.
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There’s a little twist a la the Ryan Reynolds/.Sandra Bullock rom-com “The application, “With the slogan” Here comes the bribe. “You’d have to assume that Rosenberg was inspired by that movie in which Bullock pretended to be Reynolds’ wife and invented a bouquet of lies to get his family to believe they were a couple. In We Broke Up “Lori and Doug decide to hide the breakup from the wedding guests and fake their relationship until everything is cleared up.
But as you already know, things never go as planned in wedding movies. “We Broke Up” poses every conceivable barrier for the duo, from love interests to nosy parents to awkward conversations about how great they are as a couple. Rosenberg turns the crisis to 11 and piles up one moment at a time, until all you can do is either cover your eyes or accept the embarrassment of second-hand Doug, who is making summer plans with Lori’s grandparents, which he probably is will never have reunion.
The bride Bea (Sarah Bogler) and groom Jayson (Tony Cavalero) who only met a month ago and are already in love. At least their love is supposed to be terrible, but Jayson’s passion is so clear and strong, and Calvero’s performance is so damn personable (he’s like a cross between a Golden Retriever and a surfer guy pastor) that her incentive – vows feel in the Honest moment and even inspiring. If anything, they are more interesting than Lori and Doug, as are most of the couples on this weekend retreat.
Since this is a full cast and a fun movie, the characterizations are pretty thin. We don’t know much about Lori, only that she’s not ready for marriage. While the cast of Cash makes sense to Harper and the performances make us believe in the couple, we have no reason to believe that they were once a happy couple. There are no flashbacks to the golden years. But maybe in wedding movies the past isn’t as important as the present, and the only thing that matters is finding happiness in the here and now. Love, for all its wonderful complications, is just the icing on the cake. [C+]