The Broken Hearts Gallery

The Broken Hearts Gallery

2020, PG-13, 108 min. Directed by Natalie Krinsky. Starring Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Molly Gordon.

REVIEWED By Kimberley Jones, Fri., Sept. 11, 2020

Lucy Gulliver belongs in the same conversation as other polarizing, force-of-personality characters like Juno and Hannah Horvath – but as a contrasting example of what happens when something in that characterization goes wrong, on the page and in the performance. Playing Lucy, Geraldine Viswanathan – who pulled focus from major stars in her film breakthrough, 2018’s Blockers – brings big, sloppy energy but little subtlety to The Broken Hearts Gallery, an overworked romantic comedy from first-time feature film writer-director Natalie Krinsky.

A gallery assistant in New York, Lucy has curated her own informal museum of heartache by holding onto ephemera from her failed relationships, the many knick-knacks now cluttering her room. (Her no-nonsense roommate nails it: “This is active trash.”) It doesn’t take a genius to see where this is going, and from what psychic burdens Lucy must unshackle herself, but it takes – consults Syd Field – fully 30 minutes to arrive at the titular gallery. Let’s do it in one sentence: After a couple meet-cutes with a would-be hotelier named Nick (Stranger Things’ Montgomery, wan), Lucy convinces him to let her take over space in his under-construction Brooklyn boutique hotel and create an art gallery displaying the vestiges of other people’s doomed romances. The film’s remaining 78 minutes are about convincing us these two opposites – boisterous, bull-in-a-china-shop Lucy and Nick, whose heart rate never seems to rise above mild bemusement – are made for each other.

Alas, the love match is cringing; as a rom-com’s raison d’etre, their limp connection pretty much sinks the thing. But when the script settles down and stops feeling quite so much like an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink thesis project, it has its bouncy moments – Krinksy’s good with a quip. And as a director, she’s far more successful harnessing the charisma of two pairs of supporting players: Molly Gordon and Phillipa Soo as Lucy’s roommates; and Arturo Castro and Megan Ferguson as Nick’s married-couple besties. They’re all outstanding in small but sit-up-and-notice turns, and one suspects literally any mix-and-match of them in the lead roles would have produced a more rousing romance.

Showtimes

AMC Dine-In Tech Ridge 10

12625 N. I-35, 512/640-1533, www.amctheatres.com

Wed., Sept. 30

CC/DVS 7:50

Fri., Oct. 2

CC/DVS 4:30, 7:40

Sat., Oct. 3

CC/DVS 4:30, 7:40

Sun., Oct. 4

CC/DVS 4:30, 7:40

Mon., Oct. 5

CC/DVS 6:50

Tue., Oct. 6

CC/DVS 6:50

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Wed., Sept. 30

CC/DVS 7:45

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Wed., Sept. 30

digital 4:05, 7:10

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Sept. 30

digital 4:15, 7:05

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Wed., Sept. 30

1:30, 4:00, 7:00

Evo Cinemas Belterra

166 Hargraves Drive #A100, 512/457-0700, www.evocinemas.com/drippingsprings

Wed., Sept. 30

1:00, 4:15, 7:20

Fri., Oct. 2

10:45am, 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45

Sat., Oct. 3

10:45am, 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45

Sun., Oct. 4

2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10

Mon., Oct. 5

12:45, 3:30, 6:20

Tue., Oct. 6

12:45, 3:30, 6:20

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Wed., Sept. 30

11:15am, 1:45, 4:15, 10:10

Thu., Oct. 1

11:15am, 1:45, 4:15, 10:10

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Thu., Oct. 1

3:00

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Wed., Sept. 30

3:10, 6:10

Thu., Oct. 1

3:10, 6:10

Fri., Oct. 2

6:10, 9:15

Sat., Oct. 3

2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:00

Sun., Oct. 4

2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:00

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Sept. 30

CC/DVS 4:30, 7:20

Thu., Oct. 1

CC/DVS 4:30, 7:20

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Fri., Oct. 2

3:15

Sat., Oct. 3

3:15

Sun., Oct. 4

3:15

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Sept. 30

CC/DVS 4:20, 7:10

Thu., Oct. 1

CC/DVS 4:20, 7:10

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Wed., Sept. 30

4:30, 7:30

Thu., Oct. 1

4:30, 7:30

Fri., Oct. 2

3:00, 4:30, 8:30

Sat., Oct. 3

3:00, 4:30, 8:30

Sun., Oct. 4

3:00, 4:30, 8:30

Mon., Oct. 5

3:00, 4:30, 8:30

Tue., Oct. 6

3:00, 4:30, 8:30

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Wed., Sept. 30

5:00, 7:30

Thu., Oct. 1

5:00, 7:30

Fri., Oct. 2

12:00, 3:00, 6:00

Sat., Oct. 3

3:00, 6:00

Sun., Oct. 4

3:00, 6:00

Mon., Oct. 5

3:00, 6:00

Tue., Oct. 6

3:00, 6:00

Southwest Theaters at Lake Creek 7

13729 Research #1500, 512/291-3158, www.southwesttheaters.com

$3.50 extra for 3-D.

Fri., Oct. 2

5:00

Sat., Oct. 3

5:00

Sun., Oct. 4

5:00

Wed., Sept. 30

12:15, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00

Thu., Oct. 1

12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Sept. 30

CC/DVS 4:30, 7:10

Thu., Oct. 1

CC/DVS 4:30, 7:10

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KEYWORDS FOR THIS FILM

The Broken Hearts Gallery, Natalie Krinsky, Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Molly Gordon

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