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Broken Hearts Club, The
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by Natasha Theobald

"Very funny, with a refreshing non-saccharine sweetness"
4 stars

No one is spared the complexities of mating and dating. Meeting people is hard. Loving people is hard. But, the friends who know you best are like family, and their love is unconditional. Good friends are there for the laughs. True friends are there for the tears. If you're lucky, you'll have your share of both.

Cole (Dean Cain) is an actor. He is beautiful enough to attract lots of people to him, and he uses it to get what he wants. But, what Cole wants changes from day to day, hour to hour, and minute to minute. People fall quickly into his favor, and, before they know it, they are back out again on their ass(es). Kevin (Andrew Keegan) is very young and not yet wary of Cole's kind of games. He is still learning to deal with the knowledge that he is gay, but he is not ready yet to admit it, to himself or anyone else. Kevin finds his way to a new group of friends through Benji (Zach Braff), his coworker at Structure and a fun to party with guy. Dennis (Timothy Olyphant), who has grown tired of casual sex, takes Kevin under his wing. He wants to have a real connection with someone, to share interests and real conversations. A photographer, he has been able to distance himself from the world by seeing it through the lens of a camera. For the first time, he is confronting life face to face.

Taylor (Billy Porter) is in a long-term relationship and uses that fact to define himself. When he is left without that role, he must go through the grief to find himself on the other side. Howie (Matt McGrath) is also dealing with the end of a relationship. Though no longer together with Marshall (Justin Theroux), he is still using him for sex until the elusive something better comes along. Howie isn't a bad person; he just isn't ready for the real thing. Patrick (Ben Weber) has been asked by his sister (Mary McCormack) and her partner (Nia Long) to father a baby for them, and he isn't sure what he wants. Jack (John Mahoney) is the father figure/advice giver. His was the generation that probably never got to openly grapple with the problems and fears he sees in the younger guys.

The names may be different, but these are people you know -- only funnier. I must share some sort of sensibility with writer-director Greg Berlanti, because I laughed all the way through this (except, of course, for when it was not appropriate). All the laughing makes the more emotional, more touching stuff seem even better than it otherwise might. Emotions are honest, and any of the situations, humorous or dramatic, along the way are instantly recognizable as the things that have happened to you or your sibling or your friend (insert name here). More important than any of what happens, though, is the pure pleasure of spending the time of the movie with its characters. The performances are all wry and winning. Every member of the cast know how to find the funny and knows how to tug the heartstrings. It really could not have been done better.

With equal parts great material and great casting, Berlanti has delivered a delicious slice of life, (possibly) wrapped in a different package than the one you are used to enjoying. Give it a taste and see.

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originally posted: 01/11/03 10:03:35
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User Comments

6/17/18 Anne it missed....... 2 stars
11/30/09 Luisa Very cute, funny, heartfelt movie. 4 stars
6/01/06 Danny Kyle's right, I wanted Dennis & Kevin to become a permanent situation! Good little film. 4 stars
3/25/06 luis nunez hace el intento pero no lo logra 4 stars
2/01/05 Kyle Dennis and Kevin should've stayed together, but D. has to go "find himself" So cliche. 3 stars
9/25/04 Tor Honolulu hey Butterbean! They're ACTORS!! GROW UP!! Go watch "Gilmore Girls" instead 5 stars
1/19/04 michel Insulting! movie seems to state that the only thing which defines gay people is being gay 1 stars
5/12/03 BigAl Really great TV sitcom. God acting, especially Cail and Olyphant. Predictable but nice to 5 stars
2/06/02 Butterbean Good flick! But it pains me to see Cain and hot assed Olyphant smootch guys. 4 stars
11/12/01 The Boy In The Designer Bubble Patrick was nice looking, why did his character get called Ugly? God help us who are plain. 4 stars
8/22/01 The Boy In The Designer Bubble The brits are pounding our asses when it comes to gay flicks. 3 stars
6/22/01 vishente good film 5 stars
5/31/01 mjm103171 not a bad flick...pretty close to normal gay guys 4 stars
4/02/01 Leidig The characters are superficial, and the movie is utterly predictable. 2 stars
3/20/01 neil bartlett feel good fluff for 20-something boys 3 stars
3/13/01 Jack Tim was better in Scream 2 & Go, but movie is great lighthearted slice of gay life 5 stars
10/17/00 Elvisfan Some great & some horrible acting, some great scenes, some not-so-great 4 stars
10/15/00 Laura The movie is hot and sexy but Dean Cain can't act and was probably hired for his body. 3 stars
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  29-Sep-2000 (R)


  29-Mar-2001 (M)

Directed by
  Greg Berlanti

Written by
  Greg Berlanti

  Timothy Olyphant
  Dean Cain
  Nia Long
  John Mahoney
  Mary McCormack
  Andrew Keegan

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