30th Oct2014

Ten Best: Break-up Revenge Films

by Kat Wheat

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Seduced by dreams of making it big, song-writer Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her singer boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) move to New York to pursue their passion for music. However, when Dave rejects her for the fame and fortune of a big solo contract, Gretta finds herself alone and far from home. Seeking comfort in the arms of dear friend Steve (James Corden), Gretta and Steve end up drinking spirits in his apartment before deciding to drunk-dial Dave. With Steve on keyboard and Gretta singing down the phone and playing guitar, her voicemail makes Dave realise that he made a huge mistake in letting her go.

To celebrate Begin Again being released on DVD and Blu-ray from 10th November, we’ve decided to explore other break-up revenge scenes found in movies.

1. My Super Ex-Girlfriend

A star studded cast including Rainn Wilson (The US Office), Luke Wilson (Old School) and Uma Thurman (Kill Bill) all feature in this rom-com. When a normal, average guy dumps his girlfriend after she becomes needy and manipulatuive, she begins to use her super-powers to make his life a living hell.

2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

In arguably the most well known “break-up revenge” movie, Peter takes a trip to Hawaii to deal with his recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend. However, unbeknownst to him, Sarah (the ex), is travelling to the same resort…with her new boyfriend.

3. High Fidelity

High Fidelity chronicles the life of Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker who’s going through a bit of a mid-life crisis. After realizing he’s growing up, he makes one of his lists’, recounting his top five break-ups, including the one he’s currently going through.

4. Kill Bill

Uma Thurman again features in this list, however this time in a less rom-com type scenario! This time, Thurman – “The Bride” awakens from a four year coma and discovers that her lover’s baby that she was carrying in her womb has gone. To get revenge, she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins that she was once a part of.

5. Sliding Doors

After getting fired unjustifiably from her PR job, Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow), starts her journey home. Just before she jumps on the tube, time stops for a couple of seconds and a second version of herself is created. One version catches the train and one misses it with vastly differing consequences.

6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

When Joel discovers that his girlfriend had him removed from her memories he is naturally heartbroken and his memories of her begin to haunt him. To get over his memories of their relationship he undergoes the same procedure but it is only when both realise what they have lost that they begin to discover each other again.

7. War of the Roses

As tensions rise between a couple who have it all, a divorce lawyer recalls how far each of them will go to get rid of the other. With a nice house full of shared possessions the bitter divorce turns into a battle beyond anyone’s control.

8. Legally Blonde

Blonde sorority President Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) has it all going for her. When her boyfriend breaks-up with her to attend Harvard law school, she decides to follow him in an attempt to win him back. But when she discovers she has more of an aptitude for the legal system than she imagined, she soon deserts the ex-boyfirend who in the end tries to win her back.

9. The Break-Up

In a bid to make her immature boyfriend appreciate her more, Brooke breaks it off. With neither willing to leave their luxurious condo a furious battle of the sexes ensues, featuring Vince Vaughan and Jennifer Aniston.

10. John Tucker Must Die

John Tucker, ladies man and serial cheater is caught dating three girls at once. New girl Kate gets the girls together and they hatch a plan to have his heart broken. When Kate starts to think she is falling for John problems arise in the girls’ plan.

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