Breaking and Entering (2007)
Critic Consensus: This class warfare drama feels contrived and superficial: characters don't act logically as the movie manipulates them towards deconstructing various social issues.
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The complicated interactions involving class and culture that ensue between all these characters remain fascinating even when they seem overly schematic.
Though Binoche does very solid work, she can't sell the idea of her and Law as a couple; the chemistry isn't there. Not much else rings true in Minghella's screenplay, which is full of coincidences and speeches about race and class.
Despite its arty construction and clever dialogue, Breaking and Entering leaves us too chilly to care.
Breaking and Entering offers a kinder, gentler version of London's strife than we're accustomed to seeing. Not all parts of the script are equally well-developed, and sometimes it seems as if we're looking at drama under glass.
As with all of Minghella's films, there's intelligence and texture and depth and feeling, though here the emotions can seem frostbitten. Perhaps the first thing that wasn't working and needed to be fully broken to heal was the script.
Audience Reviews for Breaking and Entering
Anthony Minghella's script, about family, motherhood, immigration, urban renewal, integration, is maybe overambitious as not every subject is handled, or settled, with resolve. Nonetheless the proceedings never fail to be interesting and some moments sparkle.
Minghella has to do with a very undefined and illogical screenplay that makes it all feel distant and the director still manages to bring to the screen some very nice and emotional moments. This is not a disaster, but surely could have been without Minghella's sensitive touch and the good cast.
There was just too much going on to know what was the REAL story being told. The build up is way too slow because where the movie ends, to me, is where the story really had potential. To me the "thief" is the story, but it is lost with all the unnecessary scenes in bathtubs! Does it require acting for Jude Law to portray a man incapable of monogamy? lol
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