This wasn’t a lovey-dovey summer. Passion and quarantine have proven they don’t mesh well, and meet-cutes and coronavirus don’t exactly go together. But there is a place where romance lives in this pandemic: new rom-coms that were filmed before the coronavirus outbreak.
“The Broken Hearts Gallery” is one of those feel-good features and it’s in theaters Friday.
While some film lovers may not be ready to return to the movies, we can give five reasons why you should eventually plan to see the movie from first-time director Natalie Krinsky (a former writer for “Gossip Girl,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “90201”).
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Geraldine Viswanathan is about to be a huge star
In “Broken Hearts Gallery,” Viswanathan is our protagonist Lucy, who decides to finally do away with things she’s saved from past boyfriends – her ex files, if you will – and use them as part of a gallery of relationship artifacts. Hearing someone go on about their exes and be so focused on remnants from the past could be annoying, but not when that person is Lucy. Viswanathan, who was a standout in the 2018 comedy “Blockers,” plays Lucy with wit, perfect comedic timing and relatability that make you want to root for her.
It’s got Selena Gomez’s stamp of approval
The pop star/producer/actress has been busy making uplifting content for people stuck inside. In August, she starred in a quarantine cooking show on HBO Max, “Selena + Chef,” co-hosted a virtual premiere for another film she produced, “This Is the Year,” and was featured in the flirty song and music video with BLACKPINK, “Ice Cream.”
In a video message accompanying the “Broken Hearts Gallery” screener sent to journalists, Gomez called the film a “lighthearted” project that she thinks “we all could use that during this time.” Plus, she added, “Since everyone is home and cleaning your closets, maybe we can throw some things out into the Broken Hearts Gallery.”
‘Stranger Things’ baddie Dacre Montgomery loses his mullet
You may know Montgomery as the bully lifeguard from “Stranger Things” whose style – and mullet – came straight out of the ‘80s. But as the sensitive Nick, a possible romantic interest for Lucy in “Broken Hearts Gallery,” the actor’s blue eyes suddenly look more dreamy than demonic.
‘Hamilton’ star Phillipa Soo purposely sings badly
Soo’s portrayal of Eliza in Broadway’s “Hamilton,” for which she gave spellbinding vocal performances on songs including “It’s Quiet Uptown,” earned her a Tony nomination. However, as Lucy’s friend Nadine, Soo plays very much against type. It’s fun to watch the actress, famous for embodying Hamilton’s devoted wife, play a smooth-talking womanizer who dresses trendily and sings a drunken, off-key version of “(I Just) Died in Your Arms.”
It’s equal parts rom and com (and completely delightful)
Not every rom-com successfully touches on both parts of the hybrid genre, but “Broken Hearts Gallery” has handsome helpings of heart and humor. There are sweet kissing scenes and romantic gestures that will make you feel warm inside, but also quirky (but not to the point of being annoying) supporting characters who will make you laugh out loud.
“The Broken Hearts Gallery” might also leave you feeling hopeful. The characters’ lively karaoke nights and elaborate work parties come across as so outrageously fun, they offer both vicarious thrills and dreams of more big nights out in the future.
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