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The Matchbreaker (2016)

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A young professional breakup artist reaches a crisis when the girl he's hired to target is the girl he's always wanted.


Caleb Vetter


Caleb Vetter (story), Wesley Elder (story) | 2 more credits »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Elder ... Ethan Cooper
Christina Grimmie ... Emily Atkins
Osric Chau ... Sam
Olan Rogers ... Mitchell
Shawna Howson Shawna Howson ... Lexy Cooper
Tessa Violet Tessa Violet ... Tricia
Victoria Jackson ... Mrs. Taylor
Torry Martin ... Tully Flanagan
Ashley Shelton ... Veronica
Ben Davies ... Brian
Michael Joiner ... Wayne
Chris Massoglia ... Zach
Jennifer Mays Jennifer Mays ... Donna (as Jen Mays)
Alicia Cabrera ... Ruth
Elena Lazorishak ... Young Emily


When an idealistic romantic gets fired from his day job, he is offered a "one-time gig" to break up a girl's relationship for her disapproving parents. This "one-time" gig spreads through word-of-mouth and he ends up becoming a professional match-breaker. Business gets personal, however, when he's hired to destroy the relationship of the girl he's adored and pined for since grade school.

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True love can just wait.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language


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Release Date:

6 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

So Broken Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Kansas City, Missouri, USA See more »

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Did You Know?


When Lexy and Ethan go to a restaurant together on a double date, Lexy wears The Dress that became a viral Internet sensation in 2015 (it was blue and black but in a photo it appeared to some viewers as white and gold). The full reveal (at around 44 mins) is when Lexy comes down the staircase with Ethan to rejoin the other two diners. See more »


The intel on Veronica given to Ethan only had three paragraphs of actual information. The rest of the paragraphs are copy pasted from the content above. See more »


Ethan Cooper: Have I ever steered you wrong before?
Lexy Cooper: Pet coyote incident of 2003 comes to mind.
Ethan Cooper: Fond memories.
Lexy Cooper: Yeah, rabies shots are memorable.
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Crazy Credits

"Obviously there were animals in the film. And we didn't harm them. But no one was there to watch so we can't put their logo here." See more »


References Twilight (2008) See more »


By Josh Woodward
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Great movie, bad acting
8 July 2017 | by navynasa22See all my reviews

I think most/all of the reviews for this movie are from the cast/crew, etc. so I'm giving a real review from a real viewer who really found the movie randomly on Netflix. Story: Great. Could have been one of the all time great love stories. On par with Failure to Launch/Can't Buy Me Love/Begin Again. Directing: Surprisingly great. Watch out for Caleb Vetter. This movie could be the "Clerks" of his career. Overall movie quality: Really Good, between the great direction and the fabulous shots of Kansas City, the entire movie flows as you would expect from a RomCom with just enough twists and fun moments. Acting: some of the worst....ever. Christina Grimmie does a great job, not just singing either. I'm not just saying that as respect for such a great loss, she did a fabulous job. There are some minor parts with great acting (Michael Joiner, for example) but all the YouTubers did nothing more than deliver the lines. Wesley Elder is static and lacks a way for us to endear him to us. With better actors this movie could have been great. This also enhances my comparison to Kevin Smith as Brian O'Halloran does a spectacularly bad on-screen job. The difference it that Kevin Smith works with it and Caleb Vetter tries to make a mainstream film with it.

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