Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy

2000 American Feature

Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Dean Cain, Ben Weber, Zach Braff, Matt McGrath, Billy Porter, Andrew Keegan, Nia Long, Mary McCormack, Justin Theroux and John Mahoney
Writer/Director: Greg Berlanti

The lives of a group of gay friends in West Hollywood, centered around a restaurant owned by the fatherly Jack and the softball team he sponsors. The friends rely on each other for friendship and support as they search for love, deal with loss and discover themselves.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.6 /10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 63% / Audience: 69%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 51% / Audience: 7.6%
  • OMG rating: 7 /10

  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.

  • Greg Berlanti's feature film debut as writer and director. His script was semi-autobiographical; he based it on his own circle of friends, and the Howie/Marshall storyline was based on a relationship Berlanti once had.
  • Working Titles: The Broken Hearts League and 8x10s (a term Greg Berlanti's sister used to describe the men he dated).
  • Kerr Smith, who played gay student Jack McPhee on Dawson Creek (which Greg Berlanti was a writer and producer of) has a cameo appearance in the film.
  • The film's soundtrack includes two classic songs by The Carpenters, "(They Long to Be) Close to You" and "We've Only Just Begun", covered by Mary Beth Maziarz.

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