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(Photo by Melissa Moseley, © 2006 Universal Studios.)

WHEN A ROCK MEETS A HARD PLACE: Gary (Vince Vaughn, left and Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) have agreed to break up, however, they each want to continue living in their shared condo. The result is an armed truce as each one tries to force other out.

The Break-Up: Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn in Battle-of-the-Sexes Comedy

Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) and Gary (Vince Vaughn) are a mismatched couple. She hails from a well-to-do family and is employed at a posh art gallery in downtown Chicago where all that is asked of her is to look good and smile. Gary, by contrast, comes from a poor Polish background, and is working hard with his brothers (Cole Hauser and Vincent D'Onofrio) to build their sightseeing bus business into an tour business empire.

Brooke and Gary also differ when it comes to how they like to spend their free time. She prefers the opera, ballet, and upscale restaurants while he enjoys drinking with his friends at a bar while playing pool or watching strippers.

One would think that such opposites would never meet, let alone fall in love, but that is what happens in The Break-Up, a comedy directed by Peyton Reed (Bring It On).

The movie opens as we learn that Brooke and Gary already own an expensive condo together even though they're only dating, and that their parents have yet to meet each other.

The plot thickens when they decide to end the relationship. However, because neither is willing to vacate the premises, they proceed to drive each other crazy in an attempt to force one of them out of the condo. He invites floozies over to drink and play strip poker until the wee hours of the morning and she dates rich guys who wine and dine her like a lady.

Gary's friend, bartender Johnny O (Jon Favreau), helps him think up ways to make Brooke miserable while Brooke relies on Maddie (Joey Lauren Adams) to return tit for tat. If you accept the film's preposterous premise, you are likely to enjoy the vindictive behavior which unfolds onscreen.

How these two ever came together in the first place would probably make for a more interesting movie. Still, The Break-Up ranks right up there with the best of the revenge genre, and earns praise from this critic for its sophisticated brand of humor which kept him in stitches from start to finish.

Excellent (4 stars). Rated PG-13 for nudity, sex, and expletives. Running time: 98 minutes. Studio: Universal Pictures.

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