The Broken Hearts Gallery is the type of film that inspired many to develop a love for going to movies. There’s nothing overly complicated about the narrative, and the ending is somewhat predictable, but that doesn’t take away from writer/director Natalie Krinsky’s well constructed and heartfelt tale of an emotional hoarder named Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan). If we were in a different place as a society and COVID was a distant memory, Krinsky’s film has all the potential of being a surprise breakout for Sony. Our hope now is that we get the word out and pack what theaters are open, so more projects like this will see the light of day. It seems romantic comedies have veered away from being grounded in reality. Most of them either involve some supernatural element to it, are a little too far-fetched, or they pivot to a romantic story with tragic undertones. The Broken Hearts Gallery is a welcomed return to romantic stories anchored in reality. These characters don’t look like they were on the cover of Vogue. They look like us. Everyone has someone like Lucy in their life. Krinsky’s film thrives because of this authenticity and connects with audiences because of how real those moments feel. It’s one of the best Romantic Comedies to come around in years.
The film centers around Lucy (Viswanathan), a 20-something who works in an art gallery in New York and keeps mementos from every guy she’s ever been dumped by. Amanda (Molly Gordon) and Nadine (Phillipa Soo) are her best friends and roommates who have seen her amass this collection while comforting her each time this happens. After her latest breakup, she is inspired to open up a gallery called The Broken Hearts Gallery, it’s a space for people to share items left by their exes. Through the process of opening this space, she meets Nick (Dacre Montgomery), who himself is trying to open his hotel, and they immediately have a connection with one another.
The chemistry between Viswanathan and Montgomery is off the charts. Geraldine also gives Lucy just enough emotional vulnerability, on-screen that it’s hard not to fall in love with her character. Seeing what she did with Lucy on screen brought back memories of Meg Ryan in ‘You’ve Got Mail.’ There were points in the movie where it seemed that Molly Gordon and Phillipa Soo were going to steal the show as they were hysterical, but they provided the perfect balance to Geraldine’s character.
The Broken Hearts Gallery will make you believe in second chances and embrace the power of moving on from the pain of lost love. Indeed, one of the top 20 films I’ve seen so far in 2020 and well worth seeing in theaters or down the road when it’s on VOD.