Thanks to Sony Pictures for the chance to see ‘The Broken Hearts Gallery’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
The Broken Hearts Gallery is a romantic comedy set in New York City. Lucy, (Geraldine Viswanathan) a New York art gallery assistant in her mid 20’s, is dumped by her boyfriend Max, a partner at the gallery. In comes Nick, (Dacre Montgomery), a builder whose dream it is to create an an inner city bar out of an old warehouse, trouble is he is running out of cash. A serendipitous meeting with Lucy could be the answer to his financial problems. In exchange for Lucy helping him complete his project he allows her to use his space to create an exhibition of souvenirs from past relationships.
The film is an upbeat, light-hearted, romantic comedy which provides some great escapism, especially necessary for these times. The film aims to turn the common romantic trope on its head, as the dynamic between the two love interests Lucy and Nick is reversed. Usually in romantic comedies the male character is the upbeat and optimistic one whilst the woman is more apprehensive. In The Broken Hearts Gallery Lucy is the driving force behind the creative endeavours in the film and inspires Nick not to give up on his dream of creating his dream bar.
The film is entertaining but it struggles to find a balance between appealing to a PG teen audience and the more sophisticated young adults. Lucy and other characters throughout the film appear cartoonish at times and turn to moments of slapstick as the films source of comedy. The film should have either committed to a grittier realistic tone or stuck to the bubbly teen genre.
Viswanathan and Montgomery are charismatic onscreen and they share a natural chemistry. It is wonderful seeing two young Australian actors sharing the lead roles in an American film. The funny and realistic dynamic between Lucy and her two best friends/roommates Nadine (Phillipa Soo) and Amanda (Molly Gordon) is one of the films highlights.
The Broken Hearts Gallery gives audiences an enjoyable night at the cinema. The film doesn’t take itself too seriously and is worth a watch for the hopeless romantics out there. The Broken Hearts Gallery proves the romantic comedy genre is not dead yet.
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