Leah Greenblatt
September 02, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Break Up

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Bridget Fonda, Kiefer Sutherland, Hart Bochner, Tippi Hedren, Penelope Ann Miller, Steven Weber
director
Paul Marcus
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

Winsome actress plus reflective male singer-songwriter in mildly rocking duet partnership? We’ve seen it ? before, of course, with She & Him, a.k.a. Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. That duo had its fizzy retro charms; the most ? entertaining thing about this collaboration is conjuring obnoxious nickname combos: Scar-Yo! Jo-Yorn-sson! Pe-lett! Johansson’s throaty vocals fit Break Up‘s intimate vibe better than they did on her overly ambitious Tom Waits-covers album. Still, aside from the jangle ‘n’ twang ditty ”Relator” and remake of Chris Bell’s classic ”I Am the Cosmos,” the project never really achieves liftoff. B?

Download This: Listen to the song Relator at imeem.com

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