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'The Broken Hearts Gallery' [Blu-ray]
(Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Molly Gordon, Phillipa Soo, Bernadette Peters, et al / Blu-ray / PG-13 / 2020 / Sony Pictures)

Overview: What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you’ve ever been in? 'The Broken Hearts Gallery' follows the always unique Lucy, a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder.

After she gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, Lucy is inspired to create The Broke Hearts Gallery, a pop-up space for the items love has left behind. Word of the gallery spreads, encouraging a movement and a fresh start for all the romantics out there, including Lucy herself.

Blu-ray Verdict: In truth, those all-to-familiar rom-com beats are too hard to ignore in 'The Broken Hearts Gallery,' but what holds it all together is a spunky little (lead) performance from Geraldine Viswanathan (who plays Lucy, an art gallery assistant).

With a plot that's tailor-made for a romantic comedy (it has got a lot to do with Lucy's heartbreaks and the souvenirs she keeps from those broken relationships), 'The Broken Hearts Gallery' makes the city of New York look like a standout character.

Darc Montgomery plays Nick, the owner of a work-in-progress hotel, who bumps into Lucy in a rather unusual meet-cute. Their second (chance) encounter felt contrived as hell though.

When the duo decides to convert part of the hotel space into a gallery for exhibiting souvenirs from relationships that fell through, the film picks up speed, charm, and some romantic vibes.

I didn't expect many surprises in the screenplay (which occasionally descends into downright cheesiness), but what is definitely lacking is a rather distinct lack of under riding humor.

Here and there we get a chuckle or two, courtesy of the largely silent Jeff (Nathan Dales), Eva Woolf (a spirited Bernadette Peters), and Marcos (Arturo Castro), but it doesn't spoil anything, overall.

Indeed, 'The Broken Hearts Gallery; wholly rides on Geraldine's star-making role and the chemistry she shares with Dacre, whose role was undertaken just perfectly.

While the inclusion of multi-ethnic (there's Utkarsh Ambudkar playing Max Vora, presumably of Indian origin) and LGBTQ (Philippa Soo plays Nadine, a lesbian) characters is commendable, they often recede conveniently into the background for the central plot to play out.

Ergo, this film is cute, quaint, not unfamiliar, cozy and Alar Kivilo's cinematography is a plus, that's for sure. Indeed, 'The Broken Hearts Gallery,' written and directed by Natalie Krinsky, is certainly one for audiences who savor their romantic comedies with a tolerable dose of clichés and syrupy feels (much like me, of course). This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes wit h the Special Features of:

• Gag Reel
• Behind-the-Scenes Vignettes

'The Broken Hearts Gallery' [Blu-ray] is out this November 17th, 2020 via Sony Pictures.

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