The Heartbreak Club (2021) Review

In essence, this is a really cute rom com.  It’s a little over the top and a little absurd in places, but the sentiment is cute.

Certificate: 12

Director: Charles Gozali

Screenwriter: Bagus Bramanti

Starring: Dede Satria, Denira Wiraguna, Emil Kusumo

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 101 Minutes

Language: Javanese

Rating: 3 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Jat is a shy young man who is running a failing coffee shop with his brother-in-law Pet.  When the café is on the cusp of closing down a young woman, Saras begins to start coming in daily and ordering Jat’s family’s special recipe coffee.  Determined to get to know her and keep his business afloat, he becomes closer with her and they eventually start a tentative relationship.  When she returns to university in the city, and suddenly stops calling and texting Jat goes to visit her and discovers she has moved on and is in a relationship with a new man, her rich boss Abdul.   Jat’s broken heart consumes him and affects everything and everyone in his life, until he learns to let go and move on.

OK, so the film is called ‘The Heartbreak Club’ so even from the beginning you know that this probably will not have an overly happy ending.  And I actually kind of liked that.  I liked that there wasn’t a pressure to give all the characters happy endings and have them all reconcile in the end.  That isn’t how life works.  Couples drift apart, and too many Rom-Coms don’t acknowledge this.  Instead this film choses to show that you can over come these heartbreaks and still be a happy and fulfilled person.  A nice change for Rom Coms.

The acting could be a little over the top in places and the situations the characters found themselves in a little absurd, but as this is billed as a comedy, these two things weren’t exactly deal breakers, they are just par for the course.  Jat does get a little frustrating as a main character, constantly making the same ad decision over and over again, and while it is great that he learns from it and tries to grow as a person by the end, he does make some terrible life choices.  A lot of the side characters I feel weren’t given enough to do.  There is a great scene between Jat and his sister, and I would have loved to see more of their relationship, but the short runtime just doesn’t allow for it and I guess it isn’t the main focus of the film.

This is going to be an obscure one, and I don’t imagine it’s going to get a lot of attention, but if you like Rom Coms it is definitely worth your time to check it out.

‘The Heartbreak Club’ is streaming on Netflix now!

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