The Broken Hearts Gallery – PG-13 – 1 hr 49 min
NO SPOILERS Movie Review
Watched in theater Saturday September 12, 2020
Regal 16 Cinemas – Lacey, Washington
#33 new movie seen in theater in 2020
Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan) is an emotional hoarder, hanging onto random crap that reminds her of her past relationship partners. She works at an art gallery and after her most recent break-up, dips too much into the tequila and ends up getting fired.
On the way home she decides to take a Lyft and gets in Nick’s car calling him by the Lyft driver’s name. The only problem is Nick is not a Lyft driver and Lucy continues to ignore him and ask him for a ride home. On the way, she tells Nick about her break-up.
And thus begins Lucy’s interest in cash-strapped Nick, who is trying to remodel his own hotel. Lucy has an inspiration in the balcony to hang the tie of her ex (Utkarsh Ambudkar) and make a shrine to other items from past loves for others. From there it goes online and social, spreading the art of broken hearts.
Lucy’s two girlfriends, one a lesbian who breaks up a lot herself, and another who lives with her mostly mute boyfriend, Jeff (Nathan Dales).
The writing is crisp and the characters are drawn well. There are some innovative touches in a genre — the romcom — that is too often rife with cliches. Downsides? Somewhat easy seeing the long story telegraphed and the ending is sweet, but a little corny.
Despite the shortcomings, the fever pitch phrasing keeps us clicking through the plot. More than a couple a times I looked over and noticed Kara was smiling. This is a great dating movie for couples. We saw it in the theater surrounded by other couples and it makes you feel good.
There aren’t a lot of new movies out there right now, but if you feel safe and want to take out your significant other to a warm-hearted romance with a dash of comedy, this is easy to recommend.
Rating (out of 5 stars): ⭐️⭐️⭐️½