Breakup movies might seem like the last thing on your mind right now and you’re more than likely wanting to watch Jason Statham kick the shit out of someone, than to be reminded of your breakup. I get that, but it’s important to recognise your emotions and get insights into your failed relationship. Breakups can’t be defined by one situation; everyone has a different story, feelings and circumstances after a romantic relationship ends. Empathy is a pretty powerful tool for you right now and these movies will let you know that you are in fact; not the only person in the world who is, or has suffered from the affects of a breakup.
Rob, (played by John Cushack) a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress. Although this movie is conclusively centered around a breakup; it’s often hilarious and gives a very realistic look into what goes through a guys mind post-breakup.
This is a story about Mike, (played by Jon Favreau) a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA with hopes of becoming an actor. It’s been six months since his girlfriend left him and he’s not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship. Swingers is the quintessential guy movie and truly one of the sharpest male-oriented comedies of the 1990s.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Peter (played by Jason Segel) is a composer and a likable sad-sack who’s devastated when his girlfriend of five years, Sarah Marshall, the star of a cheesy CSI-style crime show, dumps him. He weeps, he mopes, he does all the embarrassing shit we wish we never do in a breakup – then he books a holiday in Hawaii, where his ex and the new guy are staying. I’m not a huge Russel Brand fan but was surprisingly amused by him and this film is an easy watch. P.S. The brunette girl in Hawaii is smoking!
500 Days of Summer
The film starts with the guys voice saying something like; “if you’re looking for a happy ending – this is not one of them.” An offbeat romantic comedy about a cynical woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her and fails to cope with her mixed signals. The main character reflects on the years spent with his hypothetical ex girlfriend and the trials and tribulations that came with it. VERY funny in parts!
Kramer Vs Kramer
A timeless classic of fucked up relationships and the emotions that come with them. A just-divorced man must learn to care for his son on his own, and then must fight in court to keep custody of him. Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep are simply fantastic with this portrayal! Food for thought guys; Everything is handled with grace and compassion.
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour. If you can relate to the underlying theme of wanting to rid your ex girlfriend from your mind, this is a great film. If you have come to understand that acceptance can sometimes be a great thing and not a compromise or a ‘settle for’ – this is a moving film.
About Last Night
This film gets ripped by most, but I like it. Rob Lowe & Demi Moore find each other and enter an on-again, off-again relationship. Demi looks hot in a 80′s-sweater-8-sizes-to-big kind of way, and Jim Belushi is outstanding as Lowe’s well-meaning but crude best friend. More realistic about relationships than most Hollywood productions and highlights the tribulations after the ‘honeymoon period’ is over.
Fucked up doesn’t even begin to cover it! Some say it’s depressing – I personally think it’s a VERY accurate portrayal of feelings after a web of deceit and the affects of the tender male ego after a breakup, especially the scene with Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. He responds “BECAUSE I’M A FUCKING CAVEMAN”, when she asks about his jealousy of the man she’s now with. This searing story of betrayal isn’t for kids.
Gwyneth Paltrow and her disturbingly accurate English accent, misses the tube train as the doors shut before she gets the chance to get on. The film is cleverly wrote and shows how different that split-second in her life would have been if she did, or did not get on the train. Throughout the film you get to see how her life goes in both ways – if she got the train, it would’ve ended in a breakup and vice versa. Sometime breakups truly are a blessing in disguise and this film focuses on this.
I know, I know!! You’re a guy and whenever you hear the words “Jennifer Aniston,” your chick-flick radar sets off it’s panic alarm! This film makes the list because it represents how damaging it can be when you listen to the wrong breakup advice while showing you some couples are just not meant to be. Also, this ‘battle’ of the sexes that you can become embroiled in, shows that there truly is no winner.
Woody Allen’s writing, directing and acting of a neurotic stand up comic, with a history of failed relationships is simply genius. Woody is firing from all cylinders, nailing one joke after another in this modern American classic tale of a man who loses his mind because of his love of a woman.