The Breaker Upperers

The Breaker Upperers

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The Breaker Upperers

Jackie van Beek (What We Do in the Shadows) and Madeleine Sami (Sione's Wedding) are two romance cynics running a business breaking up unhappy couples in this New Zealand buddy comedy. Written and directed by van Beek and Sami, the film also features James Rolleston (Boy), Australian comedian Celia Pacquola (TV's Rosehaven), Rima Te Wiata (Housebound) and Cohen Holloway (Hunt for the Wilderpeople).

2018Rating: M, Drug use, sex scenes, sexual references & offensive language81 minsNew Zealand
Comedy
89%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

3.0
0
The Australian

The Australian

press

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

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

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

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

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.

4.0
0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

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

4.0
0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

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

0

Okay, first I don't want to say anything bad about a kiwi film thats just trashy and no good thing to do. BUT...I must say it wasn't for me, there were moments when I felt.. Yes! *fist pumping good* but mostly I was just not that impressed with it. Its crass and as a whole i'm not usually that offended but for me it cheapened the film somehow I was somehow...

2.0
0

had high hopes and it started out well but over excessive bad language spoilt it ! (boy & wilderpeople funny fils wothout going "potty-mouth" !)

3.0
0

Of course some people find this offensive, too much and it is. AND its very funny and fun. Cringeworthy at times but clever, out there and caring. The two ladies laid it on the line and most of the time it rocks. The portrayal of the rugby dude and his fierce girl and her crew is new nealand classic! If you are easily offended give it a miss if you want a...

4.0
0

The trailer looked funny, but the film rarely is. It seems like NZ reviewers feel like it's their patriotic duty to talk up NZ films, which isn't always justified. The film makes women, the lesbian character and the police look like creeps (which we don't need in this age of sexual harassment). "Flat" and/or obvious acting and writing. Too much...

1.0
0

It was funny in some bits but it was soooo cringe!! I felt like it would have been better with younger women as the main actors. Some of the comments in the film were like taking NZ sayings and making them lame as hell. felt like i should have watched it at home and not paid money to go watch it in the movies.

2.0
0

A very amusing NZ comedy showcase... I'm mid-fifties, probably not the target audience, but laughed all the way through it. Some great scenes that will stay with me! Well done ladies!!!

4.0
0

This film is full of Kiwi comedic stars and with comedy of course, timing is everything! The Breaker Upperers nailed it! The pace is fast and furious as Jen and Mel set out on their new business venture to break up unhappy couples. My favourites: Outstanding performance by newcomer Ana Scotney who plays Sepa - she'll be one to watch in the near future...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

3.0
0
The Australian

The Australian

press

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

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

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

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

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.

4.0
0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

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

4.0
0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

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

0

Okay, first I don't want to say anything bad about a kiwi film thats just trashy and no good thing to do. BUT...I must say it wasn't for me, there were moments when I felt.. Yes! *fist pumping good* but mostly I was just not that impressed with it. Its crass and as a whole i'm not usually that offended but for me it cheapened the film somehow I was...

2.0
0

had high hopes and it started out well but over excessive bad language spoilt it ! (boy & wilderpeople funny fils wothout going "potty-mouth" !)

3.0
0

Of course some people find this offensive, too much and it is. AND its very funny and fun. Cringeworthy at times but clever, out there and caring. The two ladies laid it on the line and most of the time it rocks. The portrayal of the rugby dude and his fierce girl and her crew is new nealand classic! If you are easily offended give it a miss if you want...

4.0
0

The trailer looked funny, but the film rarely is. It seems like NZ reviewers feel like it's their patriotic duty to talk up NZ films, which isn't always justified. The film makes women, the lesbian character and the police look like creeps (which we don't need in this age of sexual harassment). "Flat" and/or obvious acting and writing. Too much...

1.0
0

It was funny in some bits but it was soooo cringe!! I felt like it would have been better with younger women as the main actors. Some of the comments in the film were like taking NZ sayings and making them lame as hell. felt like i should have watched it at home and not paid money to go watch it in the movies.

2.0
0

A very amusing NZ comedy showcase... I'm mid-fifties, probably not the target audience, but laughed all the way through it. Some great scenes that will stay with me! Well done ladies!!!

4.0
0

This film is full of Kiwi comedic stars and with comedy of course, timing is everything! The Breaker Upperers nailed it! The pace is fast and furious as Jen and Mel set out on their new business venture to break up unhappy couples. My favourites: Outstanding performance by newcomer Ana Scotney who plays Sepa - she'll be one to watch in the near future...

4.0
0