The Matchbreaker

Genre: Romance/Comedy
Director: Caleb Vetter
Writer: Caleb Vetter, Welsey Elder
Release date: 2016-06-12
Runtime: 94 min.
Language: English
Plot: Ethan Cooper is every parent's best friend-- he's the guy that can get your young adult to break up with the guy/girl that they are in love with, and he has a surprisingly good track record. That is, until he's tasked to break up the love life of the girl that he's been crushing on forever.
Cast
Christiana Grimmie
Oscric Chau
Tessa Violet































Ethan Cooper had a normal, boring job– until he got caught doing the one thing you shouldn’t be doing… fixing people’s computers for free.

Location, Location, Location

After losing his job, Ethan’s not sure what to do. He goes to get advice from his sister, whom he recently advised to break up with her boyfriend. While there, a mother is looking to buy some flowers, and wonders if Ethan could provide the same service for her daughter– and offers to pay him handsomely.

Ethan is at first reluctant, but then throws himself into the work– buying a dog, learning what makes the girl tick, and then meeting up with her and convincing her that the issues with her significant other are enough to warrant a separation. Seeing that this is pretty easy money, he then gets other jobs with other parents and sets off breaking people’s relationships.

His partner in this business is his sister, which sometimes comes along playing the part of his girlfriend.

Heading Towards Catastrophe

You can almost sense things are going wrong and see the train-wreck here before it happens:

  1. First, he is asked to break up a son and his love interest– which turns out to be way more difficult than it seems.
  2. Then, he’s asked to break a daughter up with her boyfriend, and the girl ends up being his dream girl from his elementary school days. To this day, he can’t even talk with her.
  3. Then, his sister wants a larger percentage of the deal with this dream girl and instead of paying, he opts to have the first girl he broke up (Veronica) go with him. She’s infatuated with him– and this proves to be the last item before the twist.

Things Are Looking Good– Kinda

Even with all these red flags, things seem to be going well for Ethan and Emily. She breaks up with the guy, and they start dating. Only now Ethan starts to see that his dream girl does all the things that irritate him. She’s no longer a dream.

She watches movies he doesn’t like, she’s a slob, etc. and now Ethan has to come to grips with the fact that he’s broken other people’s relationships over. At first he figures that he’s going to break it off with Emily, until his sister reminds him that he’s loved Emily all his life, and that these are small things. Then Ethan starts to think about everything he’s done recently. Which leads to the twist.

Betcha Didn’t See That One Coming

Veronica shows up to an engagement party for one of the couples that Ethan had a part in setting up. She reveals everything, as she’s been stalking Ethan ever since Ethan got involved in her relationship. Everyone storms out of the room, doing damage to Ethan along the way. Ethan retreats, thinking over all he’s done. He eventually attempts to apologize to Emily, which only works after Emily finds out he never cashed her mother’s check.

Sad Real Life Events

This is the only movie that Christina Grimmie (Emily) ever starred in. She was a YouTube sensation and was performing a concert when someone came to that concert and shot and killed her. The movie came out shortly after that.

It’s a Fun Movie

It’s a fun movie with a cute premise– the reverse of the guy/girl that sets everyone up– and though you can see the problem coming a mile away, it’s still an enjoyable ride and makes you think about what relationships are and what you can and cannot live with. You’ll consider what makes couples compatible and the role of parental advice/meddling.

Thanks to youtube.com for the trailer
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