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The Matchbreaker

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tame romcom is lightweight but charming.

Movie PG 2016 96 minutes
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This movie is a charming if imperfect amusement. The Matchbreaker's acumen as a social satire about self-absorbed 20-somethings with unrealistic expectations about romantic partners helps neutralize some over-the-top moments and uneven acting and directorial choices. Co-writer-director Caleb Vetter strains to provide oddball secondary characters; for example, a landlord who constantly drops by and refers to his wife's face-waxing, and an awkward guy who falls for a girl because they both have iguanas. Elder is perfect as the overly-analytical and emotionally-distant Ethan and he tosses off clever dialogue believably. Grimmie does a fine job of conveying intelligence and skepticism, plus her singing performances are moving and beautiful. It is difficult to watch and not mourn the career she might have had.

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