The Breaker Upperers

81 mins
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Jackie van Beek (What We Do in the Shadows) and Madeleine Sami (Sione's Wedding) are two romance cynics running a... More

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The Breaker Upperers is available to stream in New Zealand... More now on YouTube and Google TV and Apple TV Store and NZ Film On Demand and TVNZ+ and Academy On Demand and AroVision.

The Breaker Upperers | Ratings & Reviews

"When The Breaker Upperers debuted at Austin’s South by Southwest film festival in March of this year, it was to the kind of uproarious international delight that Kiwi culture so fitfully feeds on - so much so that Variety described writer-director-stars Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami “a female version of Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement”."

Flicks, Katie ParkerFlicks

"A terrific showcase for the duo and their entire cast, which, besides a pop-up bit from Clement, is curated from a local talent pool that Hollywood has yet to spelunk. After this, it should."


"The film coasts off the energy and rapport of this affable pair, whose smart-mouthed performances are full of pep and fizz."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"It's a small film, but - despite the dubious premise - a frequently hilarious one."

The AustralianThe Australian

"It's not perfect, but it's a fresh take on stale comedy."

Sydney Morning HeraldSydney Morning Herald

"I think The Breaker Upperers is the funniest and most likeable film I've seen this year. Go see it."


"What sets The Breaker Upperers apart is the simple way they have flipped the classic, but let's be honest, tired, "buddy comedy" on its head."


"Laugh-out-loud funny and at times wonderfully subtle, this ever-so-likable romp confirms something many already knew, Van Beek and Sami can do almost anything."

New Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Herald

"An original, inventive, hilarious film, one that sure leaves you wanting more from the Sami-van Beek double act."

New Zealand ListenerNew Zealand Listener

"A film that's absolutely worth dating, but is unlikely to be "the one"."


The Breaker Upperers | Details

M, Drug use, sex scenes, sexual references & offensive language
Country of origin
New Zealand

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