The Breaker Upperers review – endearing leads propel zany New Zealand comedy

Sydney film festival’s opening-night feature is a riotous crowd pleaser driven by the energy of its utterly affable creators

It’s tantalising to ponder how a film about people who make a living as professional “breaker upperers” – paid by clients to end the relationship with their lovers – might have been handled by a great director of farce, such as Francis Veber or Preston Sturges, or a writer with a sharp and caustic wit, like Tina Fey.

In the hands of co-writers, directors and stars Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek – two charismatic and personable New Zealand comedians – the material is not so much witty as rambunctious; the sting of a potentially prickly concept dulled by their innocuous, play-to-the-back-rows approach.
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