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The Heartbreak Agency

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Predictable romcom has sexism, language, drugs.

Movie NR 2024 94 minutes
The Heartbreak Agency movie poster: A man and woman sit outside

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Many moments in The Heartbreak Agency are sweet and involving, but to get to them, we are asked to believe a self-centered boor has had a complete personality transplant. A cruel, insensitive guy becomes sweet and caring out of nowhere. Once the transplant takes effect, he is good company, but how did he get there? Karl's obliviousness to the needs of women echoes the popular Barbie movie's portrayal of men as clueless boobs, but Karl is several steps worse. He actively disdains any emphasis on or investigation of human feelings as a weak feminization of the world he lives in. In contrast, Maria is caring and generous, even treating some clients without charge.

Additionally, the world created here bears little resemblance to reality. How did the piece run in the magazine without an editor reading it first? And why is it that when people can't reach each other by phone to deliver important information, they don't text? There is no doubt how this will end, either.

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