THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY (2020)
A modern romantic comedy that embraces those that came before it while charting its own original course, The Broken Hearts Gallery is overflowing with heart and emanating joy, an unexpected gem of a love story.
Geraldine Viswanathan plays a recently-dumped young New Yorker who, after a chance encounter with who she thought was a rideshare driver (Dacre Montgomery), channels her emotional heartbreak into an open gallery of items representing love lost. Writer-director Natalie Krinsky pulls on her own experiences to craft a relatable tale that focuses on redirecting pain, strong friendships, and budding romance. Viswanathan (HBO’s Bad Education) is an absolutely charming comedic wonder while Montgomery (Power Rangers, Stranger Things) is a certified heartthrob. Their chemistry is undeniably effective from their first interaction and throughout each milestone of their budding friendship. The main cast is rounded out by the two loyal friends played by Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) and Molly Gordon (Life of the Party) who, along with Viswanathan, form a hilarious trifecta that steals the show every time they’re on screen. I laughed out loud way more than I expected to while falling in love with each of the characters, brought to life so perfectly by the stellar cast that gels oh so well.
The Broken Hearts Gallery, from executive producer Selena Gomez, doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it simply repackages familiar themes in a fresh new way that will connect with a modern audience. A few technical missteps aside, I adored this movie and consider it the injection of heart and humor that we all so desperately need right now.
The Broke Hearts Gallery is in theaters this Friday.
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