Take a look at the trailer for The Breaker Upperers, the upcoming New Zealand comedy executive produced by Taika Waititi.
The film follows two women who have set up an agency to break couples, a service for those wanting to leave their partners but don’t want to deal with the hardships that can come with leaving someone. It’s all going well, until one of them falls for a young guy.
Some of the producers behind this one were also behind Waititi’s hits Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and it’s not hard to tell. These New Zealand comedies have an almost signature style of humour now, with a winning charm that’s very easy to warm to. The Breaker Upperers looks like a good bit of fun.
The film is directed and written by its two stars, Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek. We could be seeing a lot more from them if this is a hit. The Breaker Upperers will have its premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March.
Synopsis for The Breaker Upperers:
Fifteen years ago, Mel and Jen discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical, they formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now, in their late-Thirties, business is booming. They’re best friends who keep their cynicism alive by not getting emotionally involved with anybody else. When they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship unravels.