|Directed by||Bruno Ascenzo, Joanna Lombardi|
|Starring||Karina Jordán, Gisela Ponce de León, Jely Reátegui|
|Released on||31 May 2018 (Peru), 29 November 2018 (Singapore)|
Netflix, the spectacular giant streaming service has a million romantic comedies. You can fall in love and feel incredibly single at the same time over and over again at the click of a button. But what about the times when you’re at the opposite end of the spectrum? What then? When you’re going through a break-up and feeling all the feels you need something that won’t remind of the joys of being in love. That is exactly why How to Get Over a Breakup was made.
The film basically takes an incredibly relatable idea and uses a roughly working script to make a movie. But it doesn’t get further than that. The acting is cringey. The music is mediocre. The entire movie is just that, plainly below average. You get a headache watching it halfway through, it’s just that bad. A relatable idea doesn’t make a movie successful.
As you watch the lead character get dumped and attempt to get back on her feet, there isn’t much empowering about it because the movie is just half-done. It doesn’t seem like anybody actually put in the effort to do anything at all. I get that after a long-term relationship one might not have the energy or state of mind to put up an enthusiastic front but was everyone, cast and crew going through a break up? It’s like whoever decided to make the film did it for the heck of it and not because they actually wanted to.
How to Get Over a Breakup seems to be aimed at audiences who want something to just watch to pass the time. It has no meaning or important message. It could have been quite a good watch if anybody had tried to put in some time and effort on it. I don’t need a roughly two-hour film to emphasize the fact that the only person who can pull me out of the dumps is myself. The only way to get over a breakup is just getting up and hoping that you feel whole again. Take it one day at a time etc, etc.
Here’s what happens in the movie. Maria Fe (Gisela Ponce de León) gets dumped by her boyfriend and suddenly realizes that she doesn’t know who she is anymore. She’s lost, hurt and confused. Not having someone to fuss over and dedicate time to leaves her feeling empty. So what does she do? She starts a blog. While that may be the way to go for her, it just isn’t for most people. Anyway it turns out to be a healthy coping mechanism, writing away your feelings on the internet. Finding others just as crazy as you, connecting with strangers, you know the deal. That’s really all there is to the film.
If you’ve really got time to waste after a breakup, pick up a new hobby, die your hair, take that salsa class but do not decide to stream this movie. It’s a disaster.
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