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The Break-Up

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peyton Reed
Produced by Vince Vaughn
Scott Stuber
Written by Vince Vaughn (story)
Jeremy Garelick
Jay Lavender
Starring Vince Vaughn
Jennifer Aniston
Music by Jon Brion
Cinematography Eric Alan Edwards
Editing by Dan Lebental
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) June 2, 2006 (2006-06-02)
Running time 105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $52 million
Gross revenue $204,999,686

The Break-Up is a 2006 romantic comedy drama film from Universal Pictures starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. It was written by Jay Lavender and Jeremy Garelick, and directed by Peyton Reed.



A bickering couple live in a condo in Chicago. Both are driven in their careers, with Gary working as a partner and tour guide in his brothers' booming tour business and Brooke working in an art gallery. Early in the movie, they separate after a bitter argument. Their conflicts are largely due to Gary's immaturity and inflexibility, and Brooke's perfectionism and controlling nature.

Their social backgrounds contribute to the division that becomes apparent between them. Brooke has applied feng shui books from her mother in the interior design of her and Gary's condo; her brother Richard is part of an a cappella group called The Tone Rangers; her friend Addie uses phrases of advice such as "Remember, we're always owning our actions, right? And we're always healthy with it, yes?"; and Brooke bemoans how many times she has dropped "hints about the ballet" to Gary, but to no avail. By contrast, Gary likes action-oriented teen video games, is an avid Chicago sports fan, and wants a pool table in the condo. The condo ends up becoming the subject of a war in which both try to outwit and outdo each other through blind dates, drunken parties, and broken promises.

In the end, they agree to separate, both giving up the condo, taking their share of the money from its sale and moving on with their lives. After learning through a real-estate agent friend that a buyer has been found and that they have two weeks to move out, Brooke invites Gary to an Old 97's concert for which she had previously bought tickets for the two of them. Gary agrees to meet her there, but instead intentionally stands her up, and heads to his friend Johnny O's bar, making Brooke upset to the point of crying. In spite of a subsequent effort by Gary to reach out to Brooke by preparing a surprise dinner in the condo, their breakup has become inevitable.

Gary, realizing what he has lost, returns to his tour business while Brooke travels the world, eventually finding her way back to Chicago. At the end of the movie, they meet again by chance on the streets of Chicago. After some awkward but friendly catching up, they part ways but catch each other glancing over their shoulders and share a smile.



The original ending was not well received with a test audience, and as a result Universal Studios had to re-shoot. According to, "test audiences expressed a strong resentment to the fact that Jennifer Aniston’s character never gets back together with her ex".[1]

The romance/comedy film has grossed over $203 million worldwide, with a total of $118,703,275 in the American box-office.



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