Like any good romantic comedy, The Breaker Upperers ends with a couple reunited. But in this film, co-directors, writers, and stars Jackie van Beek and Madeline Sami ditch romance altogether, and it’s their alter-egos and best friends, Jen (van Beek) and Mel (Sami), who realise how much they love each other.
When you think New Zealand comedy, you think Flight of the Conchords and you think Taika Waititi. Both have achieved international fame, with the comedians-cum-musicians the Conchords recently reuniting on a sold-out tour across the UK and Waititi becoming an unlikely Marvel darling having directed Thor: Ragnorok. The presence of both are felt in The Breaker Upperers, as it’s executive produced by Waititi and the Conchords’ Jermaine Clement makes a cameo appearance. But despite the poster declaring “From Taika Waititi,” The Breaker Upperers has a distinctly female Kiwi voice and marks van Beek and Sami as a brilliant double act in their own right.
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