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Movie review: It's easy to fall for 'Broken Hearts Gallery'
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Movie review: It's easy to fall for 'Broken Hearts Gallery'

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A breakout in the 2018 high school comedy “Blockers,” Geraldine Viswanathan, with her radioactive charm and charisma, powers the winning romantic comedy “The Broken Hearts Gallery,” the debut of writer-director Natalie Krinsky.

With pluck and wit in spades, Viswanathan’s character, Lucy, is a classic rom-com heroine whom audiences will adore. She’s a kooky, quirky art gallery assistant in New York City with a penchant for sentimental souvenirs that borders on hoarding.

It’s Lucy’s open heart, often broken, that is the fulcrum of Krinsky’s film. After an embarrassing work incident and subsequent breakup with her suave superior, Max (Utkarsh Ambudkar), at the tony Woolf Gallery, Lucy descends into a depression surrounded by old tchotchkes and trash that remind her of her many, many broken hearts. Her roommates, Nadine (Phillipa Soo) and Amanda (Molly Gordon, delightfully sociopathic), demand Lucy get rid of it all, but where to put it?

Enter Nick (Dacre Montgomery): a dreamer in his own right, pouring his blood, sweat and tears into a ramshackle brick building he plans to turn into the Chloe Hotel. Nick and Lucy keep running into each other after she mistakes his car for a ride share, and soon, she’s swept him up into her tornado of oversharing and whimsy.

She devises a plan to display her mementos in a gallery inside the hotel, along with a donation system, providing a space for collective catharsis, and a home for all the symbols of relationships gone by.

“Show me yours, I’ll show you mine,” is the ethos of the Broken Hearts Gallery, espoused by its proprietress. Sharing is caring, and as Lucy embraces the broken heart she wears on her sleeve, it becomes her greatest source of love, strength and creativity.

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