I really didn’t know anything about The Broken Hearts Gallery until very recently and even then I wasn’t sure what to make of it. But as we all know already, I am a big fan of romantic comedies so I knew I was going to watch it eventually. And guys…I was blown away. It was so unlike anything I was expecting in the best way possible. Even my husband liked it and that says everything.
Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan) is no stranger to falling in love. Having dated multiple men throughout her life, she has also gotten used to the inevitable heart break that is sure to follow after a relationship ends. She seems to have found a pretty good way to move on though; taking a trinket from each beau so that she never forgets them. When her latest boyfriend Max (Utkarsh Ambudkar) unexpectedly ends things and she gets fired from her job all in the same evening, Lucy is devastated.
Thinking everything is all doom and gloom, her best friends Amanda (Molly Gordon) and Nadine (Philippa Soo) do what they can to help Lucy get back up on her feet. And then she comes up with a brilliant idea – Lucy will start her own Broken Hearts gallery where she and others can donate their past relationship memorabilia in hopes it will help them, and her, move on.
Nick’s (Dacre Montgomery) passion for the past few years has been building a boutique hotel. As his funds run out and he has to start letting his team go, he feels like he’s hit a wall. When a chance encounter throws Nick and Lucy together, Lucy knows that The Chloe is the perfect spot for the gallery to be located. Nick isn’t one for a soppy romance story, but he knows the extra exposure will help get his project up and running again.
Spending all their time together, Lucy and Nick learn a lot about each other, as well as themselves, but mainly that it’s okay to leave the past behind them.
First of all, this film was so freaking funny. The jokes were on point and I never got tired of them. It was exactly the type of humor one would expect for the story too and even though some of the jokes were crude, it still worked.
I also loved the cast. There were some familiar faces amongst the side characters such as Bernadette Peters who plays Lucy’s boss Eva, Philippa Soo of Hamilton fame and Utkarsh Ambudkar from Pitch Perfect. Stranger Things fans will recognise Dacre Montgomery who got his claim to fame as Billy on the hit show. It was refreshing to see him in something new and more contemporary. However, Geraldine Viswanathan was the breakout of them all. Her portrayal of Lucy was so organic and invigorating. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what she does next because I’m sure it will be great.
Additionally, the soundtrack was superb and the fact that the movie was partially filmed in Toronto was cool. It’s fun trying to see how much of my city I can notice upon first glance! Plus, if you are a Selena Gomez fan, you’ll be happy to know that she was one of the producers.
Overall, this was brilliant and a big mood booster. It’s the perfect pick me up if you’re feeling down and is super relatable too. I highly recommend it for a good time.