A fairly cynical rom-dram-com, The Break-Up is kind of sloppy and mean, but also maybe slightly underrated? Creepy politics aside, Vince Vaughan IS capable of a strong dramatic performance, and he demonstrates it here (re-teamed up with his Swingers buddy Jon Favreau for some reason). But by far the person who steals the show is Jennifer Aniston, whose acting chops have probably never been put to better use than here. I take issue with Vince Vaughan's appeal, or lack thereof, but otherwise this is a solid movie.
Is this film ridiculous? Absolutely. Is it entertaining? Also, abso-friggin-lutely. For a minute, I was worried that the plot was going to focus on the ensemble, and particularly Phi Vu's Ryan, who is the star of the first 20 or so minutes. But it quickly makes the smart move and recenters on Tree, who was easily the best part of the first film, and whose charisma essentially carried it. This one's probably just a bit better than the first, though the continuity here is shocking; it seems to presume that audiences remember what happened in the first, a film that I highly doubt many people like to revisit. Bold move, Cotton!
A horribly contrived script nearly manages to totally undermine a fast paced, fun little romantic comedy with a great lead cast and some genuinely *very* funny line readings. The plot beats that clearly must be hit are so forced, from the Dad with his ridiculous, how is he operating outside of a hospice level of dementia, or Mila Kunis surreptitiously overhearing a comically cutting remark from Justin Timberlake as if this is a Laurel and Hardy film.