‘We Broke Up’ assessment: A useless relationship goes on the street

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He proposes. She upchucks. Not a really auspicious begin to a good looking engagement. Certainly, the vomit is the start of the tip for Doug (William Jackson Harper) and Lori (Aya Money), however it’s only the start of “We Broke Up,” a candy, unhappy little story of affection misplaced and reworked. One could be tempted to name it a rom-com, however the movie is gentle on the romance, extra poignant than humorous. Sadly, we haven’t but provide you with a pithy title for the subgenre of shifting and melancholy films about adults and their emotional baggage.

Whereas rom-coms are typically wordy, “We Broke Up” is extra concerning the silence between these soon-to-be exes. Director Jeff Rosenberg, who co-wrote the script with Laura Jacqmin, makes good use of visible storytelling to spotlight the irony afoot, which is that 12 hours after their 10-year relationship implodes in a car parking zone, Doug and Lori must hit the street for her sister’s wedding ceremony. Doug, because the “king of the ushers,” insists on accompanying her, and someplace alongside the way in which, they resolve to cover the break up. However the little lie worms its means into each darkish emotional crevice, threatening to upend each interpersonal relationship underneath the roof at Camp Arrowhead, web site of the ceremony. It’s a low-stakes battle, however deeply felt.

Lori and Doug’s awkward power is immediately thrown into sharp aid by the bubbly bride, Bea (Sarah Bolger), and groom, Jayson (Tony Cavalero), who’re like two human golden retrievers in love. Having simply met a month earlier, their enthusiasm and fearlessness solely highlights Lori’s reservations and Doug’s frustrations with mentioned reservations.

Rosenberg fills out the remainder of “We Broke Up” along with your standard-issue whimsical indie comedy rating and wacky supporting characters. The key weapon, nonetheless, is Cavalero as Jayson. With an outsize presence that may be a mixture of Adam Devine and Seann William Scott, Cavalero steals the present. Jayson’s the one character with any ardour and a transparent, robust need to attain his purpose of marrying Bea. He evolves from the bizarre future brother-in-law to change into, actually, inspiring.

Taking up a number one man function, Harper is tasked with carrying the heavier emotional weight, however he greater than proves his allure and chops, despite the fact that he’s left spinning his wheels a bit with out sufficient materials to work with. Although, as he enters a country cabin on this principally white enclave, it’s possible you’ll battle the urge to shout “get out!” as visions of his flip in 2019’s folks horror flick “Midsommar” dance in your head.

Among the zanier comedy moments don’t fairly match the power and pacing of this movie, which is much darker than it’s humorous. Whereas “We Broke Up” is targeted, lean and heartfelt, it does really feel at instances a bit insubstantial. It’s lacking the “why” on the middle of this battle, significantly with Lori, who stays an opaque character. However maybe in breakups, it’s higher if the “whys” are left unsaid.

Katie Walsh is a Tribune Information Service movie critic.

‘We Broke Up’

Not rated

Working time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Taking part in: Begins April 16, Laemmle Noho 7, North Hollywood; obtainable April 23 on digital and VOD

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