The Broken Hearts Gallery is a lighthearted easy going chick flick and just what we needed during this everlasting quarantine.* Produced by Selena Gomez, the movie co-starred Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, and an impressive supporting cast including Utkarsh Ambudkar, Molly Gordon, Philipa Soo, and Taylor Hill.
Geraldine’s character, Lucy Gulliver, turned the outcomes of heartbreak– the small trinkets and useless items that still hold so much meaning– into captivating art. The storyline follows Lucy into her own realizations in dealing with heartbreak in her life.
Geraldine Viswanathan simply glows in this film.
Her stellar acting and natural quirkiness lit up the film. Lucy shined much brighter than any of the glowing neon signs that we saw throughout the movie. The character development written for Lucy was so insightful. From her cluttered bedroom to that tipping point when she decides to get rid of everything towards the end, I felt like I was in Lucy’s world. Lucy exudes confidence and oozes hilarity. From her initial breakup in the film with Max (Utkarsh Ambudkar) to her last heartbreak with Nick (Dacre Montgomery), there is noticeable growth in her character. Although predictable, this was significant to The Broken Hearts Gallery.
Her two main love interests, Max and Nick, were both incredibly fitting to Lucy’s story. Max was so obviously using Lucy, even when they got together for a second time. Meanwhile, Nick was so obviously in love with Lucy. The movie fails to capture the emotions of viewers, leaving us dry with Lucy and Max’s relationship. Their relationship just didn’t make sense– we don’t get to see why Lucy actually felt for Max. Although Ambudkar did the character justice, the plot of this character wasn’t enough to invoke the same feelings in viewers. Fret not, The Broken Hearts Gallery was still an incredible feature film.
Predictability aside, the movie really hit a homerun with the comedy aspects with their characters.
Needless to say, music & cinematography also checked off my boxes on the list. Featuring tracks from artists like Billie Eilish and impressive views and perspectives, the film definitely met and perhaps exceeded expectations for a feature film of this quality. The Broken Hearts Gallery was a great idea, in general. Although it’s not very realistic, the plot line, however obvious, was interesting to see unfold into the final product.
Romantic comedies don’t depend on predictability as much as unique elements and a well-bound story. Although The Broken Hearts Gallery missed both quite a bit, if you’re into Lucy’s quirky adorable character and the witty humor, I would definitely recommend watching it. Huge shoutout to Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, and Utkarsh Ambudkar, as well as the rest of the cast because the characters are truly what made this film shine.
Final Rating: 4/5
*Sony has insisted on releasing this film into theaters. Please take caution and follow health guidelines if you choose to see this movie in-person. The film releases September 11, 2020.
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