The Breaker Upperers

The Breaker Upperers

The Breaker Upperers

Jackie van Beek (What We Do in the Shadows) and Madeleine Sami (Sione's Wedding) are two romance cynics running a business breaking up unhappy couples in this New Zealand buddy comedy. Written and directed by van Beek and Sami, the film also features James Rolleston (Boy), Australian comedian Celia Pacquola (TV's Rosehaven), Rima Te Wiata (Housebound) and Cohen Holloway (Hunt for the Wilderpeople).

2018Rating: M, Sex, coarse language and drug use81 minsNew Zealand
Comedy

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The Breaker Upperers / Reviews

Flicks, Katie Parker

Flicks, Katie Parker

When The Breaker Upperers debuted at Austin’s South by Southwest film festival in March of this year, it was to the kind of uproarious international delight that Kiwi culture so fitfully feeds on - so much so that Variety described writer-director-stars Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami “a female version of Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement”.

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Variety

Variety

A terrific showcase for the duo and their entire cast, which, besides a pop-up bit from Clement, is curated from a local talent pool that Hollywood has yet to spelunk. After this, it should.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The film coasts off the energy and rapport of this affable pair, whose smart-mouthed performances are full of pep and fizz.

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The Australian

The Australian

It's a small film, but - despite the dubious premise - a frequently hilarious one.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

It's not perfect, but it's a fresh take on stale comedy.

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Stuff

Stuff

I think The Breaker Upperers is the funniest and most likeable film I've seen this year. Go see it.

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Stuff

Stuff

What sets The Breaker Upperers apart is the simple way they have flipped the classic, but let's be honest, tired, "buddy comedy" on its head.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Laugh-out-loud funny and at times wonderfully subtle, this ever-so-likable romp confirms something many already knew, Van Beek and Sami can do almost anything.

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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

An original, inventive, hilarious film, one that sure leaves you wanting more from the Sami-van Beek double act.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

A film that's absolutely worth dating, but is unlikely to be "the one".

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