The Breaker Upperers

Breaker Upperers, The - 2018

Piki Films - 81 min.
DVD UPC/EAN # - 9322225228412
Blu-ray UPC/EAN # - 9322225228849

Principal Cast: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek, James Rolleston, Celia Pacquola, Ana Scotney, Jaquie Brown, Jemaine Clement, Angella Dravid, Cohen Holloway, Oscar Kightley.
Writer: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek; Director of Photography: Ginny Loane; Editor: Tom Eagles; Production Design: Brant Fraser; Set Decoration: Leah Mizrahi; Costume Design: Jane Bucknell; Producers: Georgina Allison, Ainsley Gardiner, Carthew Neal; Directors: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek.

Fifteen years ago, Mel and Jen discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical they became fast friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they’re in their late-thirties and business is booming. They’re a platonic, codependent couple who keep their cynicism alive by not getting emotionally involved with anybody else. But when they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship is truly put to the test. Frankly, I found following the structure of this movie to be a challenging and thereby less than satisfying.

Censor Rating: M - Review rating: C+

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A PAL R4 DVD and an All Regions Blu-ray [although the box sheet says it is "B"] became available from New Zealand and Australian resellers starting 01 November 2018. They sell for between $30-35. The presentation is 2.39:1 enhanced, with dolby digital 2.0 on the DVD and DTS HD MA 5.1 or LPCM 2.0 on the Blu-ray. Extras include an optional audio commentary track by Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami, a featurette, bloopers and trailer. All the extras are LPCM 2.0. There are optional English subtitles. In addition to the Breaker Upperers trailer, there are four other NZ trailers as extras: 'Hibiscus & Ruthless', 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople', ' What We Do In The Shadows' and 'Three Wise Cousins'.

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