The Breaker Upperers Adds Some Welcome Irreverence to Netflix Comedies
“The New Zealand comedy The Breaker Upperers adds some welcome irreverence to the homogenized mix of Netflix comedies. This collaboration between Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami — who wrote, directed and star together — exhibits their fairly irresistible comic chemistry, even if the conceit of the movie wears a bit thin,” writes Ben Kenigsberg in a review for The New York Times.
“Their characters, Jen (Van Beek) and Mel (Sami), operate an agency that helps clients too wimpy or sneaky to end their own relationships. Each case requires its own form of deception.”
“This is not an airtight line of work; for starters, as the movie acknowledges, it relies on Jen and Mel’s never running into anyone they deceive. But the business does supply Sami and Van Beek with a steady stream of gags until it becomes clear that the film’s real subject is their friendship,” writes Kenigsberg.
Article Source: The New York Times, Ben Kenigsberg, February 15, 2019
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