Welcome to Movie Monday, when I feature the sets from our favorite films. The Break-Up, featuring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, was the anti-romantic comedy. Instead of following a couple in the process of falling in love, we watched a relationship fall apart.
In the movie, Gary and Brooke share a fabulous condo in Chicago that becomes a battleground after they break up. Neither of them wants to move out, and we can hardly blame them.
The movie has a lot of funny moments, but I found it kind of depressing to watch them fight (and fight and fight some more). Most of the action happens in the apartment, though, so at least we had something pleasant to look at in the background.
Brooke works in an art gallery and is an artist herself. The apartment is filled with sketches and paintings, many of which we assume are hers (but are actually Francine Turk’s).
Jason Bateman plays their Realtor friend who encourages them to go ahead and sell the condo when it’s clear that they aren’t going to get back together:
Gary turns the living room into his (messy) bedroom after they break up:
In these two photos taken on set, the colors don’t look as warm as they do on film:
As I’m going through these photos, I notice that Brooke sure did spend a lot of time talking on the phone!
One of my favorite scenes in the film is when they’re getting ready for a party in the apartment and Brooke complains that Gary brought her only 3 lemons when she needed 12 for the centerpiece. “So no one is actually eating them?” he asks. “They’re just show lemons?”
When she explains that 3 lemons won’t fill the vase, he asks, “Why can’t you put them in a drinking glass instead?”
In this shot of the kitchen at night, you can see the top row of cabinets that go to the ceiling:
The Dining Room:
Vernon Vaughn (far right, below), who is Vince Vaughn’s real-life dad, played Jen Aniston’s father in the movie. You can definitely see some resemblance:
When Brooke’s at work one day, Gary brings a pool table into the dining room:
The artwork shown around the condo is by Francine Turk. (Thanks to Amy S. who passed this info. along to me along with the set photos. You can read more about the talented Francine Turk here.)
One of the final scenes has Brooke and Gary moving out of the condo and saying goodbye. Frankly, I was more sad to see Brooke lose this place than to see her lose her boyfriend.
I took most of these photos while watching the movie. The images belong to Universal Studios, copyright 2006.