Breaker Upperers

Jul 11, 18 Breaker Upperers

I have 5 double passes for the preview screening of BREAKER UPPERERS, 6:30pm, Wednesday 25 July, at Event Cinemas, Garden City

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In Cinemas JULY 26!
But see it first, at the preview screening!


Fifteen years ago, Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek) discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical they became fast friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they’re in their late-thirties and business is booming. They’re a platonic, codependent couple who keep their cynicism alive by not getting emotionally involved with anybody else. But when they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship is truly put to the test.

© Miss Piki Films Limited 2018 Director: Jackie Van Beek and Madeleine Sami

Thanks to Madman Films



This is a pretty good first film that compares positively to, say, EAGLE VS. SHARK (another first film by NZ comedy talent who turned out to make out some flat-out great films down the line). I laughed a lot and there’s a lovely undercurrent about the sadness of late 30s/early 40s life, particularly for women. There’s a marriage of tone between the more naturalistic sadness (more the Van Beek side) and the absurd side (more the Sami side) that often doesn’t gel for me, and there’s some lumpy character moments and motivations, but I’d recommend it for a bit of fun and few good one liners.


There is such a thing as a pretty good but not great first film and this is it, I think “pretty good first film” is a massive accomplishment, particularly in the high-risk world of comedy. If you go in, loving New Zealand comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously with an open mind, you’ll enjoy yourself. If you’re after a high produced Hollywood style comedy, you’ll be sorely disappointed as you think it misses the mark.



  1. lisa freeman /

    Lifes to short to waste anymore time on you so if you see me around act as if we never meet cause thats what ill be doing

  2. It’s not you, it’s me. I don’t think we’re compatible anymore!

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