The Breaker Upperers

For the right price, BFFs Jen and Mel will ruthlessly end any romance. But when one of them grows a conscience, their friendship begins to unravel.

Year: 2018
Certificate: 15
Director: Jackie van BeekMadeleine Sami
Starring: Madeleine SamiJackie van BeekJames RollestonCelia PacquolaAna ScotneyRima Te WiataCarl BlandBrett O’GormanCohen HollowayJemaine Clement

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Laugh-out-loud funny and frequently absurd; a film that never really lets up

I’m not sure what it is about New Zealand but for a relatively small country with a small population they seem to have a great number of films under their belt – many of which are amazing comedies. So when I detected the New Zealand accent in the trailer for “The Breaker Upperers” my curiosity was piqued and there followed a hilarious two minutes of trailer. Couple that the fact that Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok”, “What We Do In The Shadows”) executive produced the film I had high hopes for this Netflix comedy film. However, after my recent review of “Velvet Buzzsaw” where all the best bits were in the trailer, I set about watching this film with some trepidation…

Fifteen years ago Mel and Jen realised they were being two-timed by the same man. This led to a close friendship being formed along with the founding of their business venture: “The Breaker Upperers”. As the name suggests, their business was to break couples up who, for whatever reason, were unable to do it themselves. As per the trailer this could involve faking affairs, turning up at a wedding pretending to be pregnant or even going so far as to faking a partner’s death. It turns out they make quite a good living from it too.

The opening scenes sees the pair dressed as police officers telling someone their boyfriend is dead. The lady in question is clearly distraught but, hey, it’s a job at the end of the day. Not long into the film we get a montage of a load more clients being dumped via The Breaker Upperers – quite a few of which were in the trailer. I mentioned earlier about my fear that all the best bits would be in the trailer however, I’m pleased to say, there were so many more.

The film is laugh-out-loud funny and frequently absurd and never really lets up. I’ve found with a lot of comedies they frequently turn to a more serious storyline that ends up cancelling out the humour and, while “The Breaker Upperers” does have a more serious aspect in the second half, it still sticks with the laughter. This, to me, is how a comedy film should be played out.

The cast are great, the story is well written and it is, quite simply, a very very funny film. While it may be a little predictable at times, such as the ‘moral dilemma’ faced in the slightly more serious part of the film, this doesn’t spoil it as a whole. The film is relatively short at just over 80 minutes and the writers make great use of the time as there is little to no filler at all. All in all, if you want something fun to watch that’s far removed from a typical American ‘late night comedy’ then I highly recommend “The Breaker Upperers”.

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