Director: Peyton Reed
Writer: Jay Lavender, Jeremy Garelick
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston, Joey Lauren Adams, Ann-Margret, Judy Davis
Released: June 8, 2006
Rating: (M)
Runtime: 106 minutes
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Story: In a romantic comedy, things typically unfold by a tried-and-true formula: boy meets girl, things go right, then just a little bit wrong, all on the way to happily-ever-after.
But what about when boy and girl are exhausted after another long day? When the routine starts to drive them absolutely nutty? When all the little things that used to endear them to each other start to just ... really ... annoy each other?
This unconventional romantic comedy follows a couple's often comical, sometimes painful, but always entertaining journey into the unraveling and deconstruction of a once solid and loving relationship. Gary and Brooke are a couple who let a seemingly small argument escalate out of control and suddenly find themselves - after two years together - confronted with the choice between love and loss.
With the once happy couple standing their ground and refusing to move out of the condo they've shared and showered with attention, an all-out war of the exes breaks out. On Gary's side are his best buddy Johnny O; his level-headed realtor Riggleman; and his brothers and business partners, quirky workaholic Dennis and self-styled super-suave Lupus. Advising Brooke are her stable sounding board Addie; Addie's settled-down domesticated husband Andrew; Brooke's flamboyant (but-not-gay!) brother Richard, who delights in his all-male a cappella group The Tone Rangers; her well-meaning mom; and her oddball co-workers, fabulous and fearsome gallery owner Marilyn Dean and wide-eyed receptionist Christopher.
Following the well intended - but often misguided - advice from their collection of advisors, Gary and Brooke experiment with a series of schemes designed to either push the other one away or win them back. They come to realize that, in matters of the heart, winning doesn't come from being the last one standing but from learning when to put the gloves down.
Cast:
Vince Vaughn Gary Grobowski
Jennifer Aniston Brooke Meyers
Joey Lauren Adams Maddie
Cole Hauser Lupus Grobowski
Jon Favreau Johnny O
Jason Bateman Riggleman
Judy Davis Marilyn Dean
Justin Long Christopher
Ivan Sergei Carson Wigham
John Michael Higgins Richard Meyers
Ann-Margret Wendy Meyers
Vernon Vaughn Howard Meyers
Vincent D'Onofrio Dennis Grobowski
Jane Alderman Mrs. Grobowski
Jacqueline Williams Shondra