Breaking Upwards 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,… Breaking Upwards 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,… 2010-03-10 Romance IFC Films
Movie Review

Breaking Upwards (2010)

Breaking Upwards | NEW APPROACH Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister Jones' characters put a new spin on the term ''break up'' in Breaking Upwards .
NEW APPROACH Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister Jones' characters put a new spin on the term ''break up'' in Breaking Upwards.
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Mar 10, 2010; Genre: Romance; Distributor: IFC Films

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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Originally posted Apr 07, 2010 Published in issue #1098 Apr 16, 2010 Order article reprints
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