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THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 48 mins.
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Natalie Krinsky
STARRING: Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Molly Gordon, Phillipa Soo, Suki Waterhouse, Sheila McCarthy and Bernadette Peters
As we meet Lucy Gulliver (Geraldine Viswanathan), she is a romantic at heart it seems, in every sense of the word, learning from each relationship that unfolds in her life, but struggling with the issue of “moving on” as they say. And joining her down this rocky road of longing to find Mr. Right, her two best friends, Amanda (Molly Gordon) and Nadine (Phillipa Soo), know the perfect ways to keep her functioning, that is, till Mr. Right does come along…
Adding to Lucy’s fondness of not knowing how to move on from one relationship to the next, she has collected over the years numerous trinkets from all her past relationships, as constant reminders of what happened throughout these relationships, every step of the way…
So what do you do with all these trinkets, as your girlfriends beg you to stop hoarding and move on, but come up with a plan to share them with the world, showcasing not only your relationship woes with the things you share, but inviting others to do the same, amidst new friend Nick’s (Dacre Montgomery) burgeoning hotel space, in the heart of New York City.
And now, as Lucy finds real meaning in her life, helping others to shed the pain of relationships past, while unleashing her artistic flair for the world to see too, it seems that a relationship may be blossoming right under her nose, but will this new guy love her and leave her too, just like all the others, or will Lucy finally find true love in her career, and in her relationship?
I give THE BROKEN HEART GALLERY a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and wait and catch this film on Netflix or other streaming service!
Well, as you already know, I’m a sucker for a good Romantic Comedy, and sadly, these types of films anymore, are few and far between. Plus, from the trailer, I was afraid that this Rom/Com was going to be as cheesy and sappy as it gets ~ but to my amazement ~ THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY made me not only laugh out loud throughout, due to its superb writing, and expertly crafted cast, but it made me tear up a time or two too, making me so happy I took a chance on catching this one! I literally couldn’t help but enjoy every last minute of this film from start to finish, it’s just that good, with lead Geraldine Viswanathan (Lucy) having totally “grown up” since she played John Cena’s teenage daughter in BLOCKERS, and along with her maturing physically, so has her acting skills, as she is truly superb in this role. She is so funny, and so believable as the star crossed 20-something, that just can’t leave her relationships behind, that you feel her joy, pain and anguish throughout each and every frame. Dacre Montgomery is awesome too, showing Lucy what true friendship, and love, can go hand in hand, if you’ll just give a guy a chance, because believe it or not, all guys are not total douches! And when you add in the funniest, supportive, yet not always sympathetic best friends, played by Molly Gordon and Phillipa Soo, you end up with a totally heart-warming film, that doesn’t miss a beat in making you remember why you love Rom/Coms so much! I also feel that this film is just what we need to see at the present time, because we need some laughter to get us through the harsh realities of our everyday lives, during this pandemic. So, if you love Romantic Comedies like I do, then please, venture out to a theater if you are so inclined, with your mask in tow, and go see THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY with a girlfriend or two. But if you aren’t feeling like venturing out to catch a film in the theater just yet, then by all means wait till it pops on streaming services to take it all in, just make sure not to miss it this truly fabulous film, regardless of how you want to catch it!