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THE BREAK-UP

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Watching couples squabble typically isn't entertaining. But when the players are unlikable ... Gary (Vince Vaughn) for his inability to leave the couch and Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) for her inability to dump him already ... it's almost unbearable. Director Peyton Reed's romantic comedy revolves around Brooke's attempts to change Gary's lackadaisical ways and get some simple appreciation. But that appreciation, like the film's promised humor, never quite arrives. With little more than realistic bickering fluffed with stock attempts at comedy that rely solely on exaggerated stereotypes, it's difficult to feel anything but an annoyed urgency to just get this breakup over with. (LB)

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