A new kind of romantic comedy: The Broken Hearts Gallery


People generally expect romantic comedies to be cheesy, idealistic, and light hearted, but what about a romantic comedy that is also realistic, relatable, and addresses real world problems? The Broken Hearts Gallery achieves all of that and still has an easy-to-follow, enjoyable plot. 

The movie is straightforward and normalizes things that are controversial in today’s society but shouldn’t be. For example, homosexual relationships are normal in the movie and they aren’t ostracized or over-dramatized to make a point. In the movie, there is Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan) who is the main character, her friends, Nadine (Philipa Soo) and Amanda (Molly Gordon), and the love interest, Nick (Dacre Montgomery). When Lucy and her friend, Nadine, who is homosexual, talk about her relationships, it isn’t awkward or extremely emphasized, it’s just two girls talking about their relationships. 

Another important thing that this movie addresses is women’s rights which is one of the big controversies in America. One character is seen wearing a shirt with print that reads, “Get your politics out of my uterus,” a quote that many women wear on their shirts in order to advocate for women’s rights and this is a part of the reason it is such a relatable movie. 

Infographic by Carlynn Claypool

The Broken Hearts Gallery relates to its audience in other ways as well. The main characters curse throughout the movie and talk about the different ways they each deal with heartbreak. Heartbreak is something that almost everyone experiences, but not in the same way. This film shows the different kinds of heartbreak and the different reactions to it. It’s therefore relatable to a wider audience. Another thing that makes it relatable to a wider audience is the realistic body images. Of course, there’s the girl with the perfect body, Chloe (Suki Waterhouse), who makes people self conscious, but there’s also the other girls with different bodies that aren’t unrealistic and the film shows these women being confident. The movie doesn’t make everyone out to be perfect which makes it more relatable. It doesn’t make you walk out of the theatre with more insecurities than you walked in with.

This film also has great character development. Lucy starts out as a “hoarder” who is unable to recover from her past relationships and stores memorabilia of those relationships in her room, but throughout the movie she becomes more independent and admits why she keeps all of these things. Eventually she is able to realize when a relationship should end. 

Of course, it would be impossible to see these things without an easy-to-follow story line. Although the story line is straightforward, the film still has its flaws because it gets its audience so focused on Lucy’s growth and independence that they no longer care whether or not her and her love interest, Nick, end up together. It is definitely exciting and romantic when they ultimately do, but it’s not what you are thinking about or hoping for throughout the movie. This isn’t really an issue, but it is a romantic comedy which means the romance should be a little more prominent. At the end of the day, this doesn’t make or break the movie because the subjects addressed are very important in today’s society and it opens the door to body positivity in the film industry.

Carlynn Claypool, Community Chair