The Breaker Upperer's (2018), Dir. Jackie van Beek, & Madeleine Sami

The Breaker Upperer's (2018), Dir. Jackie van Beek, & Madeleine Sami
She’s pregnant...we did IVF, ‘cus her eggs are a bit older.
— Jordan, The Breaker Upperers (2018)

Stars: Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami, James Rolleston, Ana Scotney, Celia Pacquola, Cohen Holloway, Rima Te Wiata, Jemaine Clement.
Director: Jackie van Beek, & Madeleine Sami.
Screenplay: Jackie van Beek, & Madeleine Sami.

A mixed bag which has it insanely marvellous moments but is let down by its less successful plots and structure. Jen (Jackie van Beek), and her best friend Mel (Madeleine Sami) run a company which specialises in break ups; if you are in a bind and don't have the balls, Jen and Mel will come in a do the gentle let down for you—at a handsome cost of course. They have a range of choices; pretend you have impregnated them, you have been lost at sea, or sing a touching country melody of "Sheree don't wanna be with you no more...". The choice is yours.

The antics are fun but literally speed past you within the first five minutes. However then 17 year old Jordan (James Rolleston) walks in the rooms as he wants to break up with his Mrs. He pays in change and away they go. Mel and Jordan have an instant connection and while he is a thick as a fish it does not stop Mel from lusting over him while he pours cola over this head at his Rugby match. Rolleston is hilarious here as he brings perfect comedic timing to his performance that stands mighty alongside the leading women. Every performance in this film is actually top notch from van Beek and Sami, to Rolleston, Ana Scotney, and Celia Pacquola. These minor character bits flesh out the world — and sometimes they are more entertaining than the main plot.

This film is dang funny with Kiwi humour that you can't really capture anywhere else other than the country it spawned from. It touches into the sad, depressive realm of New Zealand film where everything is slightly sad and our protagonists will never quite be satisfied with their lives which they are ultimately self destructing. A funny little film based around small, slightly sad people; yup, that's New Zealand.

★ ★ ★ 1/2