Owen Gleiberman
April 07, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Breaking Upwards

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Limited Release Date
03/10/10
genre
Romance

We gave it an C+

Zoe (Zoe Lister-Jones) and Daryl (Daryl Wein) are breaking up, but they have a special, ease-the- pain strategy. They’ll take ”days off” from their relationship, during which they’ll pursue other people, free of all rancor or jealousy. Surprise — it doesn’t work! Neither does this fitfully amusing, mostly annoying rom-com. Wein directed it on a $15,000 budget, and he and his costar are appealing: He’s like a geek Bruce Springsteen, she’s a junior-brat Kristin Scott Thomas. Breaking Upwards, though, is much ado about a very rote situation, with a hammy excess of New York Jewish shtick (lead offender: Andrea Martin as Zoe’s kvetching mom). (Available on cable via on demand) C+

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