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Overall Rating
3.79

Awesome: 18.87%
Worth A Look47.17%
Average: 30.19%
Pretty Bad: 1.89%
Total Crap: 1.89%

6 reviews, 17 user ratings


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Broken Hearts Club, The
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by Greg Muskewitz

"It loses at its own game after a few convincing innings."
3 stars

For the most part, "The Broken Hearts Club" (…a romantic comedy) is an innocuous gay-guy-looking-for-happiness movie, which centers around a clique of guys (Timothy Olyphant --the lovable one, Zach Braff --the imitation N'Sync member, Matt McGrath --the kvetching nerd, Dean Cain --the actor everyone wishes they were, Ben Weber --the ugly duckling, Billy Porter --the recently dumped, and Andrew Keegan --"the newbie."). It's all the usual steps of a romantic comedy, only with the exception of the sexuality. And generally, it doesn't hurt it.

It's silly and it's cute and writer/director Greg Berlanti knows it the whole way as he practically tries to reach off screen and tickle you and pinch your cheek. But that only lasts so long. "Broken Hearts" is obsequiously trying to fit in ("Everybody can't be straight. Everybody can't be beautiful --just gay and average.") and it manages to be sweetly amateurish while gayly Utopian ("I was left for a trainer named Dash. I was left for a punctuation mark!"). There is some funny referential humor ("Gym Bunnies," "OGT: Obviously Gay Trait") but in the last quarter, the plot eclipses it all superficially becoming its unconquerable opponent. It lays the bathos on as thick and roughly as chunky peanut butter. Nevertheless, the cast is fresh and for the bigger name actors, it can only serve to broaden the résumé, although one might notice that several of them did "gay" almost too well. (John Mahoney is especially good, though as the restaurant owner and cook which the Broken Hearts is taken from, one also wonders if restaurant inspection would see it fit for him to smoke his stogie over the food as he does here.) The R rating was unfair. It should only be a PG-13.

With Nia Long and Mary McCormack.

Playing exclusively in San Diego at Landmark's Hillcrest.

Final Verdict: C+.

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User Comments

12/01/09 Luisa Very cute, funny, heartfelt movie. 4 stars
6/02/06 Danny Kyle's right, I wanted Dennis & Kevin to become a permanent situation! Good little film. 4 stars
3/26/06 luis nunez hace el intento pero no lo logra 4 stars
2/02/05 Kyle Dennis and Kevin should've stayed together, but D. has to go "find himself" So cliche. 3 stars
9/26/04 Tor Honolulu hey Butterbean! They're ACTORS!! GROW UP!! Go watch "Gilmore Girls" instead 5 stars
1/20/04 michel Insulting! movie seems to state that the only thing which defines gay people is being gay 1 stars
5/13/03 BigAl Really great TV sitcom. God acting, especially Cail and Olyphant. Predictable but nice to 5 stars
2/07/02 Butterbean Good flick! But it pains me to see Cain and hot assed Olyphant smootch guys. 4 stars
11/13/01 The Boy In The Designer Bubble Patrick was nice looking, why did his character get called Ugly? God help us who are plain. 4 stars
8/22/01 The Boy In The Designer Bubble The brits are pounding our asses when it comes to gay flicks. 3 stars
6/23/01 vishente good film 5 stars
5/31/01 mjm103171 not a bad flick...pretty close to normal gay guys 4 stars
4/02/01 Leidig The characters are superficial, and the movie is utterly predictable. 2 stars
3/21/01 neil bartlett feel good fluff for 20-something boys 3 stars
3/13/01 Jack Tim was better in Scream 2 & Go, but movie is great lighthearted slice of gay life 5 stars
10/18/00 Elvisfan Some great & some horrible acting, some great scenes, some not-so-great 4 stars
10/16/00 Laura The movie is hot and sexy but Dean Cain can't act and was probably hired for his body. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  29-Sep-2000 (R)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  29-Mar-2001 (M)


Directed by
  Greg Berlanti

Written by
  Greg Berlanti

Cast
  Timothy Olyphant
  Dean Cain
  Nia Long
  John Mahoney
  Mary McCormack
  Andrew Keegan



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