Run time: 90 mins
In Theaters: Tuesday 2nd June 2009
Box Office Worldwide: $1.7M
Budget: $1000 thousand
Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5
IMDB: 7.0 / 10
Director: Greg Berlanti
Screenwriter: Greg Berlanti
Starring: Ben Weber as Patrick, Timothy Olyphant as Dennis, Matt McGrath as Howie, Zach Braff as Benji, Dean Cain as Cole, Chris Payne Gilbert as Larry, Nora Burns as Female Shopper, John Brandon as Mickey, John Mahoney as Jack, Nia Long as Leslie, Mary McCormack as Anne, Justin Theroux as Marshall, Billy Porter as Taylor, Diane McBain as Josephine, Andrew Keegan as Kevin
With a cast largely composed of non-gay men, you'd be surprised how convincing the likes of Timothy Olyphant and Dean Cain are at playing it fey. Olyphant stars as a likeable photographer/waiter looking to focus his life away from destructive one-night relationships and into something more meaningful. His roommate (Cain) is no help, a pretty boy actor who lands anyone he wants in the sack. Coupled with a half-dozen other characters, the fellows hang out at a restaurant & bar called Jack's Broken Heart (run by none other than a hilarious John Mahoney, who spends Saturday nights crooning in an ill-advised drag costume and the weekends managing the worst softball team in West Hollywood).
Numerous subplots abound while the cast goes through its daily rituals in a loosely formed narrative. Some are quite amusing -- such as Cain's character's pursuit of anything on legs. Some are touching -- like Olyphant's earnest soul searching. And some are a bit tired -- notably a poorly developed yet overplayed on-again/off-again relationship between two of the crew, and a subplot involving Nia Long and Mary McCormack as two lesbians trying to get pregnant. (Sorry, you can put a kerchief on Mary McCormack, but that doesn't make her a lesbian.)
Nonetheless, The Broken Hearts Club is a good "gay" movie with rare crossover appeal. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a reasonably good time out of a motion picture that hits on some serious topics while being anything but serious.
But wild hearts can't be broken.