Movie review: 'Jodi Breakers'

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(added 27 Feb 2012)

Movie review: 'Jodi Breakers'

It's a fair bet that Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum would be awfully torn by the queasy capitalism behind the premise of the Bollywood romantic comedy "Jodi Breakers": An enterprising young man starts a new business (yes!) by helping troubled married couples speed up their divorces (no!).

Of course, the screwball pep in writer-director Ashwini Chaudhary's story comes in the pre-intermission hour, when confident ladies' man Sid (R. Madhavan) and alluring partner Sonali (Bipasha Basu) ply their cynical trade, usually via elaborate adulterous entrapment.

But when they're rooked by a client into breaking up a happy husband and wife during a trip to Greece that also threatens to make real their simmering attraction to each other, the second half slows to a rueful crawl as Sid and Sonali must quickly turn their energies toward repairing rather than rending.

By that point the leaps in story logic and thuddingly broad attempts at humor in case it wasn't ha-ha enough that a strongman client of Sid's drinks milk, Chaudhary throws in a mooing-cow sound cue have done their own work divorcing any potential enchantment or pleasure from this choppy, hammily acted and aggressively superficial factory product.

(added 27 Feb 2012) / 755 views

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