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The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000)

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An insight into the turbulent lives and loves of a gay clique based in Los Angeles.

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Greg Berlanti

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Greg Berlanti
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Weber ... Patrick
Timothy Olyphant ... Dennis
Matt McGrath ... Howie
Zach Braff ... Benji
Nora Burns Nora Burns ... Female Shopper
Dean Cain ... Cole
Chris Payne Gilbert ... Larry
John Brandon John Brandon ... Mickey
Diane McBain ... Josephine
Robert Peters ... Cop
Billy Porter ... Taylor
John Mahoney ... Jack
Nia Long ... Leslie
Mary McCormack ... Anne
Justin Theroux ... Marshall
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Storyline

In the palm-shaded oasis of West Hollywood, we meet Dennis, a promising photographer. As he prepares to celebrate his twenty-eighth birthday, he laments, ' I can't decide if my friends are the best or worst thing that ever happened to me.' The gang includes Benji, the punkish innocent with a penchant for gym bodies; Howie, the psychology grad student who thinks too much and lives too little; Cole, the charismatic actor who accidentally keeps stealing everybody's guy; Patrick, the cynical quipster, and Taylor, resident drama queen, who, until recently, prided himself on his long-term relationship. Providing sage advice and steady work is Jack, the beloved patriarch whose restaurant is a haven for them all. When tragedy strikes the group, the friendships are put to the test. Written by John Cooper

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The shortest distance between friends isn't always a straight line.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$109,694, 1 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,744,858, 18 February 2001
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the cast felt their characters needed to wear necklaces for their roles so several bought their own and wore them on-set. This became a joke among the crew. See more »

Goofs

As Cole closes the door of the rental car, you can see the director, cameraman, soundman (with boom mic) reflected in the closing door. See more »

Quotes

Dennis: You told them!
Kevin: It just kind of slipped out. My mom said she made some key lime pie, and I said 'great, I love key lime pie... and I'm gay'.
Dennis: I bet she wishes she made apple pie instead.
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References St. Elmo's Fire (1985) See more »

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Good nostalgia
6 January 2005 | by JimrsjdmSee all my reviews

I enjoyed "Broken Hearts Club" primarily because it was good nostalgia about coming out as gay, making friends, etc. Its feel-good elements are reminiscent of "Queer as Folk" and "Love, Valour, Compassion" (though less heavy than the latter.) The lead character of Dennis, played by Timothy Olyphant and the character Kevin (played by Andrew Keegan) were the most interesting, as they seemed the easiest to relate to. Other characters (and the relationship challenges they deal with) were interesting as well. Some of the humor and content are a bit cliché and the film is occasionally melodramatic. Overall, however, it is a feel good movie and I would recommend it to gay audiences.


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