The whole gang’s back in the directorial debut of Madeline Sami and Jackie van Beek, who also play protagonists Mel and Jen, two women in charge of a privately run organisation known as the breaker upperers. If a partner is struggling to break up with their significant other, they enlist Mel and Jen to do the work for them, ruining relationships in the most hilarious of ways. An early montage proves wondrously effective in showcasing their day-to-day work life, featuring everything from missing persons to musical numbers.
New Zealand has mastered the art of the 80 to 90-minute feel good movie. This perfectly paced comedy is swift, easygoing, deeply affectionate, and laugh out loud funny. The two leads share an unbridled chemistry, bouncing off of each other in the upmost brilliant of ways, further elevated by a supporting cast who all get a moment to shine. Not only do we get the return of Boy actor James Rolleston, who has a scene in a car featuring one of the best jokes so far this year, but fleeting appearances from Jemaine Clement and Rima Te Wiata are beyond memorable.
After opening the Sydney Film Festival to rave reviews, it’s safe to say New Zealand have another hit on their hands. Plot contrivances aside, this film is a hell of a lot of fun. Australian cinema is dying. Let’s not let the same thing happen to New Zealand. The Breaker Upperers hits cinemas tomorrow, and I implore you all to check it out.
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