"‘Broken Heart Gallery’ showcases importance of curating friendships, love" by: Jessica Shepard

  With COVID-19 still putting the hurt on our silver screen options, I had to struggle to pick something new between romantic and romantic-comedy movies this week; which had me settling on the rom-com - “The Broken Hearts Gallery.”
   And I have to confess that I had reservations on this genre altogether because it’s hard to find the perfect mix of storyline, jokes and skilled actors.
   But, Gallery takes post-collegiate look at the modern dating scene and offers several different views at relationships in motion.
   The Broken Hearts Gallery is a romantic comedy film written and directed by Natalie Krinsky, in her directorial debut.
Executive produced by Selena Gomez, the film stars Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Molly Gordon, Phillipa Soo, Nathan Dales, and Bernadette Peters.
   The film clocks in at 108 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sexual content throughout and some crude references, strong language and drug references.
   The plot follows a 20-something art gallery assistant in New York City who gets dumped by her latest boyfriend and creates a pop-up space for the items of previous relationships.
   The movie opens with a duo of high school girls comforting their friend Lucy Gulliver (Viswanathan) who was just dumped by her boyfriend.
   They are observing her recollection of memories of the relationship and the mementos she stole/hoarded along the way – all the way down to the poor boy’s retainer and car keys.
   Then we fast forward about eight years to the present time where Lucy and her high school friends, Amanda (Gordon) and Nadine (Soo) are now roommates in New York and are headed out for a lunch date.
   During the date, Nadine breaks up with her Russian model girlfriend and Amanda’s boyfriend Jeff (Dales) is silent about everything – though everyone seems to understand what his wordless looks or gestures mean.
   Nadine and Amanda have been placing bets behind Lucy’s back about her relationships over the years and are betting on Lucy’s current coworker slash-secret boyfriend Max Vora (Ambducker) to dump her.
   Lucy is blissfully optimistic and expecting Max to ask her to move in soon.
   Later that night, Lucy is drunk and crying her eyes out before wiping them with a man’s tie – which we find out is Max’s after she hops into a stranger’s car.
   To be fair, she thinks it’s her Uber driver Adolfo to pick her up and just rambles on about her horrible night and the poor guy just counters that his own has been bad, but relents to driving her home.
   Said guy is named Nick (Montgomery) and he listens to how Lucy got drunk at her boss’ gallery opening because she was asked to give a speech and has anxiety with public speaking.
   It just gets worse from there, but, like all rom-coms, there’s a light at the end of the long friend-turned-lovers tunnel.
   Lucy’s experiences and bubbly personality come off a bit embarrassing, but, she shines in an obviously millennial dating landscape.
   Finding out the truth behind Lucy’s collecting obsession definitely helps understand her better and puts the Gallery into focus – even if it takes over an hour to get to the point. 


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