A little New Zealand banger this week and what a joy it is too. If it had been fifteen minutes long and just consisted of the last scene, I still would have been delighted with it.
The Breaker Upperers (2019)
For the right price, BFFs Jen and Mel will ruthlessly end any romance. But when one grows a conscience, it threatens to derail their relationship.
Starring: Madeleine Sami • Jackie van Beek • James Rolleston
Jen and Mel (Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek) run “The Breaker Upperers” agency, a rather cynical outfit that helps clients break up with their no longer wanted partners for a fee. It seems no case is too big as the girls have an (almost) bottomless well of creative ways to complete their assignments.
One such job leads them to meet Anna (Celia Pacquola), a sad women who’s husband has had enough. Our heroines pretend to be police officers and break the news that he’s been killed and his body has gone missing (when really he’s hiding in the back of their car).
It’s no surprise the girls are this sardonic, as they first met when they discovered they were both dating the same cheating bastard. Mel has moved on from the trauma though, while Jen still harbors feelings for her ex – Joe (Cohen Holloway) – who has just move back to town with his wife and children in tow.
When the girls take on a new case – 17-year-old school boy Jordan (James Rolleston), who wants to chuck his girlfriend Sepa (the amazing Ana Scotney) – things start to go pear-shaped for our friends, especially when Mel starts banging him. Lonely Anna is also reluctant to be left behind and The Breaker Upperers have some explaining to do about their methods and motivations when they form a sort of friendship with her.
Mel’s dalliance with Jordan get real quickly, while Sepa is not going to take being dumped lying down. In fact, she’s got a plan up her sleeve to win Jordan back. And when Mel and Jen fall out big time over Mel’s news it seems she’s going to need a plan of her own. Will this friendship, built on a shaky foundation, make it?
What do you think?!
I loved this a whole lot because, even though the premise is kind of mean, it’s good-natured (in the end) and fun. It’s about female friendship and sisterhood – and I am here for that all day everyday. Even if we make mistakes as women, lose our way or fuck up, we can count on our true friends to forgive us and get us back on track. This also looks at friendship as an alternative to family and I like that.
I really enjoy the chemistry between our two central characters, while Mel and Anna are super cute. Poor Anna is a lonely worrier who deserves better and I like to imagine, once she’s worked on forgiveness, that she finds a true friend in Mel. Fuck her husband though.
Otherwise, the main scene-stealer in this movie is Sepa (with a little help from her crew). She’s a wonderful Mean Girl with a heart buried deep inside and her vulnerability – when she puts herself out there – is really touching. I wanna be in her gang but honestly, I’m not sure I’m thick skinned enough.
You’ll love this movie if you’re a fan of Taika Waititi and his movies. In fact he was Executive Producer on this product after working Sami and van Beek (who also wrote and directed The Breaker Upperers, bishes) on What We Do in the Shadows (2014) and one of my faves, Eagle Vs Shark (2007) . How’s that for fucking cool?
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