The Broken Hearts Gallery ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
It was the profound wisdom of The Beatles that wrote “All you need is love.” John, Paul, George and Ringo, lovely, legendary musicians.
Some movies come along at the right time. For romcoms — those love-inspired jaunts — on date night, that is every weekend. This particular one makes you feel good about the human spirit and we definitely need more of that in 2020. It’s been a wrecked year so far.
Lucy’s gallerist idol Eva Woolf (Bernadette Peters) sums the theme up well: “Pain, my dear, is inevitable; it’s what you do with it that matters.” That message feels especially relevant in the midst of a pandemic where people have been relying on art to get through quarantine.‘The Broken Hearts Gallery’ Is Exactly What the World Needs Right Now
… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …
The whole idea of keepsakes from prior romances is the central focal point, and it’s a good one in the dedicated delivery of Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan). Her portrayal is so crisp, clean and fast that we never have time to linger around and get bored with the concept.
Humor is mixed
The comedy part — the “com” in romcom — isn’t laugh out loud funny, but it made me smile in a few parts. I looked over at Kara several times and she was smiling. She was sold on this one.
My favorite side character is the boyfriend of the roommate that doesn’t talk.
Reviews by Others
What do others think of The Broken Hearts Gallery?
- Carla Renata: “…is fresh, fun, full of rapid fire dialogue and cheap laughs, but entertains and reminds us all that the thing that breaks you is the very thing that ultimately makes you whole.”
- Hannah Wales / The World of Celebrity: “Most romcoms are predictable as hell and The Broken Hearts Gallery is no different. Krinsky tries hard to make this not cheesy and she does well until the ending. But she deserves praise for her superb writing and character creation as well as the subplot about Lucy’s mother, which makes this film feel less fluffy and lightweight. “
- Hayley Reviews: “For a few hours I got to forget the worries of the world and following this I felt positively pumped and raring to go. It also make me long for a night of dancing – I sure can’t wait for those sorts of nights to come back.”
- Kate Sanchez / But Why Tho? A Geek Community: “…is a phenomenal romantic comedy that embodies everything that is right in the genre and side steps many of the problematic issues in it as well.”
- No More Workhorse: “Funnily enough, the idea is not as quirky and ‘right on’ as the writer and director may think. There is actually a long-established Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb which explores the same thing. “
- Often Off Topic: “…let me tell you how much I adored this movie. It is SO CUTE. I’m going to try and refrain from gushing about how much I fell in love with Dacre Montgomery but you guys. I loved him enough in Stranger Things but there’s something about him here I can’t explain. His eyes! How can a man be so…pretty? I digress. One of the many things I love about this movie is its lead, Geraldine Viswanathan.”
- Rathpeacon Rambler: “All in all, I would recommend this movie to anybody who likes rom-coms. There are plenty of laughs, a bit of lovin’ and a few emotional scenes that will tick your boxes. A bit predictable, but aren’t all romantic comedies??”
- Red Mango Reviews: “…hits every rom-com cliche in the book. Quirky female lead with artsy job, super good-looking love interest, weirdo best friends who always put her first, blah, blah, blah. It’s predictable as it gets…and DAMMIT I LOVED THIS MOVIE!”
- Salt Lake Film Review: “The script is sharp and consistently funny and the direction is, well, good enough. It’s admittedly kind of formulaic and predictable, but that’s something I didn’t mind at all.”
- Trailer Trashed: “Overall, I left the cinema this evening with a really uplifting feeling. This film made me feel good and I had a blast watching it.”
- Tower City Media: “The concept of starting a gallery of heartbreaks as art. Give objects a deep connection to show people aren’t alone in pain, is strong. The fact the movie had to say out loud what Lucy’s deal has been the whole time feels too easy, but it’s use is well measured and help make it the uplifting film it is, but it is still centered on very millennial feelings. From the fact the gallery grew from social media, and the focus of grief older generations don’t feel the same, it has a target demographic that it won’t hit in theaters.”
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