Break Up, Cheer Up: 5 Breakup Movies That Go Best With Wine (Or Ice Cream)

Becca Van Sambeck
Becca is a recent Fordham grad, a former German beer hall girl, and a new Brooklyn resident who used to read the dictionary for fun as a kid. She has only gotten slightly less lame since then. She loves pugs, chicken fingers, reading and Game of Thrones.

BUCU: Break Up, Cheer Up.

Whether you’ve heard the phrase or not, you’ve undoubtedly participated in one. Coming over to help a friend deal with a breakup with the requisite box of pizza, pint of ice cream and bottle of wine. You’ve prepared to burn the pictures of the happy couple and talk shit about their ex while wiping away their tears. And of course, there’s typically the chick flick. A good breakup movie is the way to go during a BUCU, because sometimes your words can’t convey the pain of a breakup, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt sure as hell can.

Here’s what to watch:


500 Days Of Summer

Oh man, we’ve all been JGL, hopping around in the park like life is a goddamn Disney musical because we met the perfect person. And we’ve also been JGL when he deals with the aftermath of that breakup. The Expectations vs Reality split screen section of the film perfectly illustrates the struggle of seeing an ex again, but just remember that even though it’s a breakup story, there’s a happy ending.


Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Hopefully, we haven’t all been Jason Segal, broken up while naked. This film about a guy heading to Hawaii to get over his ex is absolutely hilarious and it demonstrates how sometimes our past relationships were actually holding us back from our full potential. That’s a breakup lesson we can get behind.



The Devil Wears Prada

This movie isn’t a love story per se, but it features takeaways that are perfectly applicable to someone going through a breakup. It’s not Anne Hathaway’s boyfriend or potential new lover that help her become the better person she is by the end of the film. It’s her career. And sure, she has to find a work life balance and all that shit, but in the end her work is what transforms her. Who needs a boyfriend? Also, it’s totally possible I read this movie wrong because I hated her lame boyfriend, but whatever.



John Tucker Must Die

We’ve all wanted to get revenge on an ex, and in this movie four girls team up to get spectacular revenge on a cheating ex. BUT OF COURSE, in the end, it’s not the revenge that matters, it’s their newfound friendship. We’re all about the idea that friendship trumps some lame relationship, but we also have to admit: The revenge part is more fun. Get some great inspiration from the film!



Celeste and Jesse Forever

“We can be friends!” Isn’t that what so many people claim after a breakup? This movie is a hard one because it demonstrates that ending a relationship means, well, ending a relationship. Maybe further down you can be friends, but switching right over to a close friendship will never work. This is a good watch for your friend who has unrealistic expectations for their breakup. Also look! Even perfect human Rashida Jones has bad breakups!



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