I have a very tentative relationship with Rom-Coms.  Always just one Step away from eye-rollingly cheesy, they do not always get it right.  Does this one?

Certificate: 12A

Director: Natalie Krinsky

Screenwriter: Natalie Krinsky

Starring: Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Runtime: 108 Minutes

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you have ever been in? THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY follows the always unique Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan), a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder. After she gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, Lucy is inspired to create The Broken Heart Gallery, a pop-up space for the items love has left behind. Word of the gallery spreads, encouraging a movement and a fresh start for all the romantics out there, including Lucy herself. – IMDB

Please bear with me as I try and mould my face back into its normal shape after having a near permanent smile on my face for the last hour and a half.  This film may be chock full of every Romantic Comedy trope that there can possibly be, and Lucy’s tireless enthusiasm and quirky nature may have gotten a smidge annoying for a hot minute, but damn did this movie make me smile.  And right now, we all need a little something to make us smile while the world goes to shit in a handbasket.

Anyone who has ever been in a break-up will know exactly where this film is coming from.  We all have a T-Shirt or a ticket stub or something from a past relationship that we just aren’t quite ready to part with.  This film is like a balm to the soul, it reminds us that we are not alone.  That everyone goes through this and it is a normal, health part of life.  Maybe not to the level that Lucy takes it to, but in a controlled way.  The plot harbours no illusions about its status, it knows it’s been done a hundred times, you see it all coming a mile away, you know there is going to be a hiccup in the new, budding romance near the end that will culminate in a grand romantic gesture and that everyone will live happily ever after.  But these films aren’t ever about the ending. They are about the journey the characters take to get there and Lucy and Nick have a hell of a journey.  You root for them from the very beginning and their chemistry onscreen in just delightful.

For a change, all of the side characters here were also pretty enjoyable too, all having there own distinct personalities, and through the mini videos Lucy films for the gallery we get a little background on each of the and get to know them a little better.  A great way to get the audience to learn about your characters.

Overall, I left the cinema this evening with a really uplifting feeling.  This film made me feel good and I had a blast watching it.  (The same cannot be said for the Guy behind me that was snoring for the last 45 minutes, much to his girlfriends annoyance.)  In a time where could all use a little lift, this is a great film to do just that, and really, what else are these types of films really designed to do?

Broken Hearts Gallery is in Cinemas in England now.

Please if you are heading to your local theatre be sensible.  Wear a mask, keep your distance and be safe.