Zach’s Zany Movie Reviews: THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY

The star of this movie, Geraldine Viswanathan, reminds me so much of my first love at the end of high school and most of college that it actually is pretty funny. And heartfelt. Even though I was the reason for the breakup (I was an entitled asshole) I have nothing but fond memories of that relationship because she is one of the sweetest people I’ve known on this planet. The character of Lucy, that Geraldine plays, is so eerily like her, looks and all, and her performance alone is why I highly, highly, highly, highly recommend THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY. I know it is playing in theaters and a lot of you are not comfortable going to the theater right now, because virus, blah, blah, blah, just make sure you give it a chance once it hits home media. It is absolutely delightful. And the story is decent too. The chemistry and the relationship between the two leads, the male protagonist is played by newer Red Power Ranger and Billy on Stranger Things’ Dacre Montgomery, is so good, realistic, and memorable, is because it TAKES. ITS. TIME. Usually romantic comedies like this find a way to get the two people together way too early and the climax doesn’t work because it doesn’t feel earned due to the fact that we’ve already seen them in a relationship for most of the movie. Shit, I forgot to give you IMDB’s log line for the film itself to describe it: “After a break up, a young woman decides to start a gallery where people can leave trinkets from past relationships.” The movie takes place in New York, and the gallery is taking place inside the male protagonists Hotel he is trying to get a loan for and set up as a business because him and Lucy keep bumping into each other, and he needs help to get the hotel ready in time.

Instead of focusing on the romance between them, the movie correctly goes down the path of Geraldine’s refusal to let go of her sentimental trinkets from past relationships and her refusal to just move on. And the movie correctly has an underlying reason why she doesn’t want to get rid of those memories, and when that reason is revealed, there won’t be a dry eye in your watch party. It also focuses on the relationship right before Lucy meets Nick and it gives us a good glimpse into why she is the way she is. The unpredictability of everything besides you knowing that Lucy and Nick will eventually get together is why the movie is instantaneously watchable. It doesn’t dumb itself down into that ooey-gooey cliched bullshit that a lot of couples eat up when they watch a movie that is not of this caliber. I’ve said this before: it’s a movie that doesn’t treat its target audience as if they were idiots. The dialogue is snappy, it isn’t bogged down in situations where we’ve heard it before, and it makes characters out of everyone, even the supporting ones that don’t get a lot of screen time, like the silent boyfriend to Molly Gordon’s friend to Lucy character. Lucy has another friend that gets a lot of screentime in the movie, played by Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo, and together the three of them make really great friends that you could compare it to the friendships you have in your own life. Writer/Director Natalie Krinsky, has had plenty of writing experience, she’s written for Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, and Red Band Society. She doesn’t waste those talents either and seems to have learned some director skills being on set of those shows, as the film is shot and looks better than most romantic comedies of this caliber. It was not just point and shoot crap we get nowadays. It’s just a really sweet, funny, realistic romantic film that I’m certain will not break your heart.

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