The Breaker Upperers (2018)

The Breaker Upperers
Director: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
Writer: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
Cast: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek, James Rolleston, Celia Pacquola, Ana Scotney, Rima Te Wiata, Carl Bland, Brett O’Gorman, Cohen Holloway, Jemaine Clement
Seen on: 15.4.2020

Plot:
Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek) are best friends who have a booming business together where they handle the break-ups for people who can’t go through with the break-up themselves, for whatever reason. And they make sure that the break-ups stick – whether that means pretending to cheat with their clients, or pretending that they are dead or missing doesn’t really matter to them. But when Mel starts to second-guess the ethics of their job, not only does their business suffer, but also their friendship.

The Breaker Upperers is a fun film that continuously approaches the line into cringe territory but never really crosses it (for me at least). Still, there is a relentlessness to their humor that just isn’t necessarily my cup of tea. I did enjoy the film, but I didn’t love it.

The film poster showing Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek) sittingat a desk with champagne and cash. Behind them Jordan (James Rolleston) and Sepa (Ana Scotney) look in through a window.
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What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

What We Do in the Shadows
Director: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Writer: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stuart Rutherford, Ben Fransham, Jackie van Beek, Rhys Darby
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]

Plot:
A documentary team follows a few flatsharing vampires for a few months. There’s Viago (Taika Waititi), former dandy who tries to have things just so, Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), who was born in the middle ages and misses torturing people, Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), who just wants to have fun, and finally Petyr (Ben Fransham), who is 8.000 years old and lost most of his humanity. Their usual routine between unwashed dishes and trying to be invited into clubs gets disrupted when Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) gets turned into a vampire.

What We Do in the Shadows is not only a love letter to the vampire genre conventions (while simultaneously poking fun at them), it’s also an absolutely fantastic comedy. I was laughing practically the entire time.

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