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02/08/2012

Staff Picks: Break-Up Movies

In honor of our special Anti-Valentine’s Day Story Slam, we at First Person Arts would like to share with you our favorite break-up movies. Should you be experiencing heartache, curl up on the couch with some popcorn, a hot-chocolate and one of our Staff Picks!

Karina’s Pick: Clueless

With my first broken heart in my hands, the result of a nasty breakup in my sophomore year of high school, I sought solace in the Vallery Girl mannerisms and superficial splendor of Cher from Clueless. In fact, I seem to recall watching it everyday for about a week.

It was silly without being dumb, and reminded me that new love is right around the corner, possibly in the form of your step-brother. (Which always weirded me out a little, but if Paul Rudd was my step-relative, I’d probably relax about that too).

Liz’s Pick: High Fidelity

Because John Cusack’s character is such a mess, he makes you feel better about every mistake you ever made and every weirdo you ever dated. Love wins in the end, but it’s hard won, so it’s not annoying.

Other reasons: that Beta Band song, that chick from the Cosby Show, that moment when John Cusack hugs Laura from behind at the end, appearance by The Boss, and my one and only – Jack Black.

Megan’s Pick:
Bridget Jones’s Diary

It’s funny and cheesy and Renee Zellweger’s character is a hopeless romantic, haphazardly falling though life. She’s unsatisfied with herself, her career, and her love life and finds herself caught in old habits that die hard. Don’t we all have a few moments where we feel like that?

Jeanne’s Pick: Atonement

Beautiful actors, a dramatic soundtrack, gorgeous costumes, a gut-wrenching love story and me sobbing on the couch: These are the things that get me through tough times like a break-up.

I want to be comforted by the fact that there are more tragic circumstances than the one in my own life. Atonement exemplifies my criteria for a break-up flick. Be sure to have a hanky near by!

Dan’s Pick:
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

It’s about a young boy who makes a huge sacrifice for someone he loves – only to be abandoned, thrown over for someone else. But that breakup is just the beginning of the story, which I won’t give away here – suffice it to say that no matter what you’re going through, or what you’re trying to get up the courage to do, Hedwig will make you feel better, and inspire you to do what needs to be done.

Becca’s Pick:
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I’m not a big time movie watcher, and the movies I do catch are not usually ones that fall under the ‘break-up’ umbrella in terms of theme. But…one I have seen and do enjoy is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Non-linear and character driven narratives always score points with me. Plus, those potato head dolls are adorable. And midnight ice skating dates on non-regulated natural ponds are hot. I appreciate the idea of memory as a weave that can be unraveled – a net in which we are all individually and relationally suspended. What happens when one thread gets cut? Cut? Gets cut? When one. Thread gets cut. Cut. Cut! CUT!

Jeanne Lyons

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