Review / ‘The Breaker Upperers’ (M) *

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IN recent years, NZ filmmakers have made some great comedies.

Belonging among them only for the accents of its characters, “The Breaker Upperers” written by, directed by and featuring Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek is not one of them.

It purports to tell a story about two women providing a service to couples of whom one is fed up with the relationship and wishes to break the union. There could be worse themes for a comedy. But theme alone cannot cut it in the real world. This one certainly doesn’t.

Leaving the cinema, my eye caught a big lobby sheet proclaiming its benefits on which the word “Hilarious” stood out, six times.

Methinks, I thought, those ladies protest too much. A couple of rows behind me, one bloke had roared with laughter several times. The rest was silence.

Hilarious needs more audience response than that.

I left “The Breaker Upperers” wishing I’d selected the actioner “Beirut” starring delectable Rosamund Pike to be the third and final film of my day watching movies. You can’t win ‘em all!

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