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The Breaker Upperers

This rambunctious New Zealand comedy finds two women running a relationship break-up service and the new client who jeopardises their professional and personal partnership.

Dir-Scr Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami
Prod Carthew Neal, Georgina Allison Conder, Ainsley Gardiner
With Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami, James Rolleston
New Zealand
2018
81min
UK Distribution Netflix

Modern society is permanently selling ways to find the perfect relationship. But what if you want to be rid of one – especially if you’re a coward? Obviously, you hire love cynics Mel and Jen, The Breaker Upperers, who will crash weddings, fake pregnancies or even commit kidnappings to help you achieve a clean break from your soon-to-be ex. Co-writer/director/stars Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami are alumni of executive producer Taika Waititi’s Kiwi collective, so there’s plenty of that familiar offbeat, deadpan humour, along with a healthy dose of Bridesmaids-esque raunch and observations on female-centric dynamics. Cameos from several New Zealand comics (including Jemaine Clement) boost the fun, but this is clearly Van Beek and Sami’s show. If it ain’t broke upped, they unfix it.

Leigh Singer

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