The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy
Sometimes we need cinematic comfort food. It doesn't have to be groundbreaking. It doesn't have to be big, loud and noisy. But it needs to be relatable. Our next Rialto Recommends fits the bill. THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB is Greg Berlanti's feature film debut as a writer/director. The story of a group of gay friends in West Hollywood, THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB follows their ups and downs, ins and outs, fights and slights, showing that good friendships are universal. As Roger Ebert wrote in his review "It's almost the point of THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB that it doesn't crank up the emotion. It insists on the ordinariness of its characters, on their everyday problems, on the relaxed and chatty ways they pass their time. The movie's buried message celebrates the arrival of gays into the mainstream. That key line ("I'm 28 years old and all I'm good at is being gay") is like an announcement liberating gay movies from an exclusive preoccupation with sexuality. THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB is good at things other than being a gay movie." Consider the Austin Chronicle's conclusion "Ultimately, the remarkable/unremarkable thing about THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB is if it weren't for the high count of Carpenters' references and the fact that, well, there are boys kissing on boys, you wouldn't even know this was a "gay" film. And maybe it doesn't matter. THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB is funny and friendly and all-inclusive" THE BROKEN HEARTS CLUB is streaming on PlutoTV or available to rent for a modest fee from Apple, Amazon, FandangoNow, Vudu, GooglePlay, YouTube and others HERE.