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Review: The BreakUp Girl



I don’t have any sisters…at least not by blood.  That is not until my Mom and Dad became friends with a couple they met in Hawaii who just happen to be from St. Louis too.  Not only that, but they all went to high school together in St. Louis.

You see this couple treated me like their own kid until they were able to have a family of their own.  Three girls to be exact. and those three girls are like the sisters I never really had.  All of them are drop dead gorgeous, smart, warm, funny and supportive of themselves and anyone who is lucky enough to be considered “family”.

The BreakUp Girl focuses on the estranged relationship between three sisters, which becomes even more so after they all discovery their Dad is dying from lung cancer.

It all comes to a head right after Clare’s 29th birthday, where the love of her life for the past seven years decides to break-up with her.  Clare begins to question her whole life and decides to pursue what she wants instead of doing what everyone else expects of her.  During this process, she realizes that she is jealous of her sisters, which basically caused the friction they were experiencing.

If all that weren’t enough, she has a mother that has no boundaries with ANYONE…especially  her daughters, but that doesn’t make her love them any less.

The most touching scene for me is at the end when Clare shows up at the family dog -Zippy’s memorial and declares her love for her meddling Mom, sisters and uses Zippy has a metaphor for her Dad (who is watching from a distance).

The BreakUp Girl is not at all about breaking up with a guy as much as it it about breaking up with the person you thought you were only to have those events lead you to the person you were really meant to be.

As if we didn’t love her enough already on The Goldbergs and in Bridesmaids, Wendi McClendon-Covey is brilliant as the uptight, micro-managing Sharon.  Mary Kay Place hits the nail right on the head and reminds everyone of that Mom that is annoying, yet lovable all at the same time.  India Meneuz is adorably vulnerable as Kendra and Ray Wise as Bob teaches us all what it is like to have a loving Dad who puts family above all else.

Gravitas Ventures will release The BreakUp Girl on VOD and across all other digital platforms on July 10th.


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