Join us on our #JenJourney! Tune in to our first episode to hear how our girl crush on Jennifer Aniston turned into a comprehensive ranking of all 38 of her movies. We rate each movie on 5 categories leading to a total score out of 37 points.
In this episode we review one of our all-time faves, The Break-Up, covering our Jen hair hypotheses, an ending we disagree on, and other musings from this empowering rom-com.
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We're embarking on this journey. Okay.
All right. I'm Ally.
And we are Girl Crush.
Born from my decade of girl crush on Ally.
That's perfect. Okay, so this all started. No, we need to talk about ourselves first.
No, I don't want to talk about myself. I can't, I'll be weird. Very weird. Like when it's like one of those terrible office icebreaker games that totally gives you social anxiety. Yeah. Okay. So how did this start, Ally?
So this started, when I came across a BuzzFeed article that I can't find anymore. I really wish I would have saved it. But it ranked some of Jen's movies. And I thought the list was terrible. And I sent it to an and I just commented about how I didn't agree with the list. Do you remember the moment?
Well, I'm a big Jen fan. We're both big Jen fans - watched Friends like more times than I can count. Some of the movies that she's in are my favorite movies.
And we have a girl crush on her.
I mean, she's perfect.
And I also agree that the list was trash.
It was not good at all. And I wish I could remember more details about it. But all I remember is that only had like 15 movies. And I didn't agree with the ranking.
And I think then we were like, well, how many movies has she actually been in?
Exactly, so we looked it up.
Yeah, this is an investigation.
Yes. And she's been in 39 movies. So Anne proposed that we could make a better list.
Yeah. So that kind of began our year of Jen.
Yep. This was about a year ago that we that we found this list and actually started it. So we decided to watch every single Jennifer Aniston movie in the year 2019 and do our own ranking of them.
Yeah. And so we originally had like standing Jen dates every week. But then I messed everything up and moved across country in June
So then we just started doing virtual Jen dates, and it has been so very good for our friendship.
Look at us go.
Yes. And now Anne's home for Christmas/New Years. So now is when we can actually start sharing our ranking of our own because we just finished every movie. So we originally were going to watch every movie and write our own BuzzFeed article with a ranking. But it escalated as we started this. We realized what a commitment it was, and we made this whole rating system which we'll go through in a second, and Kale, my husband, who's also the producer of the podcast, suggested that we need to do a podcast. We had told people we were doing the year of Jen and watching every movie, we were like posting on our Instagram stories and people were invested in like wanting to hear how the movies were doing. So it started becoming kind of popular with our friend group.
One time I was at the gym, and I was like, in the shower, talking to a friend who was not in the same shower as me (she was in a different shower), but we were talking about it. She's like, "Oh, how's Jen going?" And I think I told her whatever, most recent movie we had watch. And she asked how it ranked, so I told her. And then in the locker room, a woman I do not know came up to me in a towel, and she was like, "Are you the one talking about your Jennifer Aniston movie ranking?" And she asked me about her favorite movie and where it ranked... people are very invested.
Yeah, so we're hoping you guys will be as invested in this as we are. So I guess next we can go through our rating. So we've created a spreadsheet with all of the movies with a bunch of information, like what year they're released, what character she plays and where we streamed it or purchased it. So if we get a website, we'll put all that information on there. Um, but then we also came up with our own scoring system, because we as we started to watch, we realized it was going to be difficult just to say like how good of a movie it was, because there's a lot of good ones. So we needed a way to different differentiate everything a little bit more. So we have a few different categories in our rating system. The first one is Acting, and she can get a score of 1 to 10. So this is exactly what it sounds like - how strong her acting was in that movie.
And then the next one is her Character. And I think we put a lot of moral pressure on this ranking, but that can also be on a scale of 1 to 10. And now that I'm thinking about it, we did really put it more on her portraying the character and who that character was, vs. how maybe it was written or what it was supposed to be.
Yeah, it kind of evolved. It's like how likable the character is, how much they develop, you know, things like that. The next one is Plot, which can also be scored from 1 to 10.
Mm hmm. And then we have Would You Watch Again, which is pretty cutthroat, it's a 1 or a 5. And then if there's a couple that are in between, if we were split, so if Ally was like, "I would never watch that again," and I was like, "I would," we'd give it a 3. So there's a couple 3s, but it's pretty much all or nothing.
We're pretty much in agreement on most of them. And then the bonus category is Hair, because we are very envious of Jennifer Aniston in general, and because she's like, perfect, and her hair is flawless. So for Hair, we didn't want to weight it as highly as the other categories, but we did want some bonus points in there. So it could either get a 1 or a 2.
And in one instance, she got a 3 because it's so good.
But otherwise, we stuck to our rules.
So then we add up all of those scores to get to a total score. And then we rank the movies based on what their total score is. So the total possible points each movie can get is 37. And to give you an idea, now that we've watched every movie, the lowest scored movie has 13.5 points, and the highest has 35. So there's actually a pretty big spread, which we weren't sure as we started watching, we didn't know if we were just biased, because we were loving every movie, and at first, they were getting scored pretty well...so we weren't sure if we were going to have that big of a spread, but then as we as we went on, there are some movies that didn't do as well. So we do have a pretty big spread.
That's our scoring system. Yeah, how it works.
And each episode we'll review a movie or a couple of movies just depending on how much we have to say about them or how interesting they were to us
or how much Jen was in them. There's some movies she's in for like three minutes or not really at all, but we watched them if it's on her IMDb.
Exactly. So in each episode, we'll go through what the movie is like, how it scored in each of our categories, and what its final ranking is. But we're not going to reveal it in number order. So we're not just going to go like this episode is the worst movie to the best or vice versa, because we think it'd be more interesting to jump around a little bit.
And because we watched them randomly. We didn't watch them in any particular order, either. We did like random number generators, which got hard as it went because you kept getting the same number. But yeah, so we randomly watched it, and then we only scheduled a couple based on seasonality.
Yeah, Office Christmas Party we saved for Christmas. There were some that we saved for if Scott & Kale were here, because then we figured we should watch a movie that they might be interested in too
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Hi, and welcome to the Girl Crush Podcast. We're obsessed with Jennifer Aniston, so this season, we're watching all of her movies and ranking them. If you want to give us your own thoughts be sure to connect with us on Instagram @GirlCrush_Pod. And as always be sure to rate and review.
So for today's episode, which is our first one, we'll be talking about The Break-Up. It was released in 2006, and Jen plays an art gallery employee named Brooke Meyers.
Yep. And it used to be on Netflix, but it doesn't look like it's there anymore when we just checked. So you might have to actually rent this somewhere.
Or buy it on DVD like I did. Because it's so good.
Okay, so the brief kind of overview before we ruin it for you is that Gary, played by Vince Vaughn, and Brooke, obviously played by Jennifer Aniston, they've been dating for two years, and they break up and neither of them is willing to move out of their apartment. And so it's kind of this battle back and forth for getting the other person to move out.
Yep, exactly. So if you haven't seen the movie yet, now's the time to pause and go watch it and then come back because from here on out, there will be spoilers.
So okay, so our ratings for this. So I guess we kind of went over our ratings earlier, but just as a refresher, we rate across Plot, Character, Acting, Hair, Would You Watch it Again. So this first one is plot and this is on a scale of 1 to 10 and so we gave the plot for The Break-Up an 8.5 out of 10, which is pretty high. So I guess now for some spoilers. So The Break-Up takes place in Chicago, which maybe that's why we're like a little partial to it. But Gary & Brooke meet at a Cubs game, great place to meet. And then we get this whole montage of their relationship leading up to present day where they live in a very unrealistically nice apartment or condo for an art gallery employee and a tour guide...
Very unrealistic. It's huge.
They could never afford that on those salaries
For sure not. And so everything kind of escalates because Jennifer Aniston's character is frustrated with Vince Vaughn being a piece of trash, essentially - lazy, and
classically feels under appreciated, you know, things like that
Right, he can't count correctly, he sits on the couch and doesn't do anything. And so that leads up to the title of The Break-Up. So the plots thickens because they own this condo together, and neither of them want to move out. They're trying to get the other person to move out, they feel entitled to the space.
And each of them then goes to the extreme to get the other to move out, even though you kind of find that they're secretly wanting to get back together. So they kind of go back and forth between sort of terrorizing each other, but then maybe wanting to get back together. And things like that.
Yeah. And it's so frustrating to watch because they won't talk to each other, and neither of them seem to be very honest, and then they're just pissing each other off and then it escalates and goes too far, because Brooke finally tries to extend this olive branch and invites Gary to a concert and he doesn't show up.
Even though he agrees that he will
Yes. And so she feels let down and she feels like it's not worth her time. And so then she kind of breaks down and I think that's like the tipping point. She's like, completely over it.
Yeah, she realizes, okay, I really can't count on him
Like, he's not changing. Yeah. Yeah, like that.
Um, so then after that, Brooke shows up to the condo with a potential art client. And she's like showing him some piece of art. So she brings home this client to, to show him something. And in the apartment is Gary who has prepared this dinner for her. And this now is his olive branch and his grand gesture of trying to get her back. But it's just too late for Brooke. She's just realized that ship has sailed basically.
I think she feels bad. This is obviously like a misunderstood situation. She's trying to sell this big piece of art because someone's going to move out, so she's trying to get rid of it and then walks into that and then everyone feels awkward. But they end up selling that condo via their realtor friend, of course, played by Jason Bateman, who just plays Jason Bateman per usual. And then they move out, both of them move out. No one keeps the apartment.
Yep. So then it kind of goes on. Jen goes out and travels the world, Gary's just working on his business. And they've gone their separate ways. So it implies that some time has passed, and in the last scene, they happen to bump into each other on the street and they kind of catch up a little bit, it's like, it's very friendly and just sort of small talk, a very quick catch up. And they just sort of wish each other well and then they keep going their separate ways. And the ending is just very wistful
Yeah, I love the ending. I don't think that you love the ending.
I have very torn thoughts about the ending. I have a love/hate relationship with the ending. Because I'm a sucker for happy ending. So my heart is like "but I want them to just get together and everything be good," but the realistic side of me appreciates the ending because I think it's actually a lot more realistic. And because I I think it shows that they've actually grown from the relationship even though everything they went through was super petty, but it shows that they both have grown and you get the feeling that they're both better off for it.
But it is a happy ending.
No, I totally get it.
Right, but it's just not like a typical happy ending.
Yes, exactly. That's why I'm torn about it. They are both better for it.
Gary learns how to organize receipts and probably do laundry
Right, yeah, he can function on his own. No, I totally agree. It is. It is more of a real life happy ending. It's just not your typical rom com happy ending.
Yeah, I love this movie. It's one of my all time favorites. And I think I love it because of the way ends - that it's not like every other rom com and they just make their peace and I think they're both better for it. So I can watch this movie on repeat. I watched it frequently.
And your favorite scene? One of your favorite scenes?
Oh, yeah. Well at the beginning, I guess we totally left out Brooke's family. And particularly her brother and I don't remember the actor's name.
I can't remember either.
But there's this dinner scene at the beginning with both of their families. And her brother starts this family a cappella group at the table. And it's just, it's hilarious. I think the a cappella in general is just hilarious because it takes me back to our college days when we were in a cappella. But we were not the Tone Rangers.
Yeah, it does bring us back to our days. That's actually how we met was joining the same a cappella group in college. So that's when we met, became best friends. And we were roommates in college, and then we were separate for a while after college in different towns, but then we both ended up in Chicago and were roommates again after that. So obviously, we're a little nostalgic for a cappella.
Yeah, this movie just has it all. So what don't you like other than the ending?
Uh, Gary's the worst
Gary's the worst.
But he's also hilarious. His character is funny to watch. But no, Gary's the worst. That's pretty much what I have to say about that.
Yeah, Gary's a big manchild. And I think the only redeeming scene he's in in the entire movie is that dinner scene where he's trying to make it up to her. And I'm like, if you just did the dishes, you wouldn't be in this situation in the first place. So I hate him.
I think you see more of Jen's characters growth during the time of the movie. And it's implied that Gary's character growth comes like after the movie. So obviously, we're on the side of Jen.
That's true, he's like a little villainized throughout it, but he's just so dumb.
He is really dumb.
So dumb. One time I saw Vince Vaughn and by the Hancock Tower. I think he lives in Chicago, at least part time, or full time. And my brother used to live over there, and I was just walking around. He's very tall. He was with I think, one of his children in this park that's backed by the Hancock Tower. I just saw him from afar, and I was like, that looks like Vince Vaughn. And it was
Okay, so, yeah, so that was a plot we gave it an 8.5 out of 10. Strong plot, it's unpredictable, hilarious, it hurts to watch
Relatable, but it's like a dramatized version of reality. So you can you can get some joy in seeing, you know, seeing some pettiness that you would never actually do in real life. but you get to enjoy that.
It's like a little cringe worthy, but worth it
So next moving on to Character. So again, we rate this out of 10 points. And we gave Jen's character here a 7.5 out of 10. Note that this is separate from her acting. This is actually what what we think of the character.
Yeah, and I think I think she's super strong the entire movie, and she's really smart, she's super put together. I think she gets very petty. And I think that's just a little off-putting, like the pettiness. Because I think otherwise, she seems like a very like mature person. So it seems a little out of out of character. But maybe she's just reached a tipping point.
I totally agree.
She's losing her mind. Right.
But like I said before, you can kind of appreciate it
Because it's like things you wish you could do what you would do, but just wouldn't do in real life.
Yeah, I agree. She's super strong, throughout most of the movie. And just seems like she's reached a point where she can't give any more. Like I said, I think we see a little bit more growth in her character than Gary's before, or I mean, during the time of the movie.
Yeah, I think the extremes that she goes to are almost unnecessary. Maybe that's just because she's Jennifer Aniston. And I'm like, if she really wanted to make him jealous she doesn't need to go on a date, or get this weird...like, she could just like walk into the room and she's Jennifer Aniston.
Exactly. Like everybody will want to be with her.
Exactly. And I think she is so beautiful in this movie. She's perfect.
I love it. Yeah, we'll get to that. We'll get to that with our hair rating.
Oh, yeah. Um, I also think the other confusing thing in this movie though, is that she only has like one friend.
Yeah, that is super weird.
And he only really has one friend too, except for..
They didn't take the time to give them a robust friend group. But they certainly would.
His only other friend is his brother from SVU. Who also pretty much plays the same character as he does on SVU you know. I don't remember that actor's name either.
I don't remember his name either.
But yeah, I'm like, why's she calling this one friend, this poor woman with kids and a husband who's clearly happy, right? She's just trying to take care of everybody.
That's the one thing I'm like they could have done a little bit more. I guess they have their bowling team.
That's true. But that seems different. That seems like more of an activity friend group than like, someone you like talk about your issues with.
That's true. That's true. Well, and that girlfriend is on that bowling team. Yeah, so she's like a continuation of that. So that part, I think is not super believable. But um, I think she exhibits real behavior and is a real person and is very realistic. I think the pieces that take it over into the satire is the extremeness. And then also, like her working at the Art Gallery, and her boss is hilarious. And I wish my boss would pull out a check and tell me to write down a number...Alright, so we can move into Acting now.
So for Acting again, on a scale of 1 to 10, we rated it a 9 out of 10
Which is really high
Yes, very high. You'll see as we start to get through our movies, we don't give out a ton in the nine range, I would say
Mhmm, I think I think her acting is really solid and consistent. And her frustration is really real. But I think what really brought it from the eight to the nine range is when Gary stands up at the concert, and it pushes her over the edge. And she's crying on the bed at home. Which looked like real tears. That was like, that was good. We definitely judge anytime they're crying if it seems real or not.
And those seemed pretty convincing. Like Gary just walks away, digs his own grave. Dumb Gary.
She's gonna be stronger for it though.
Yeah, there was nothing I didn't like...
Yeah, I don't think there were any things that we docked it for or anything like that.
And then her hair. So hair is like bonus points. And really, you're supposed to just get a 1 or a 2. But there's some cases that get 0. And there's this one case, which is this movie, that gets a 3...because we made the rule so we can break 'em. But really like her hair in this movie....
It is perfection, and she wears it in like so many different styles.
The beachy wave, the perfect beachy wave is what gets me... because how can you recreate that? You can't
If you've ever tried...I've tried
There's no recreating the perfect beachy wave look.
Yeah, and somehow she gets it like a little tight, it's like a crimp in the bowling scene. And then looser elsewhere on the movie. She has the ponytail. She just does it all
This ponytail was the perfect amount of like, volume at the top.
Yeah, yes. I would really love...this is gonna sound weird. I would really love...
can't wait to hear
...To hold her ponytail. To see how big her hair is! Yeah! Because...
That's actually a really good question
It lays so perfectly. I'm like it has to be, it has to be thin.
I don't think it's very thick.
It can't be very thick. Because when you see it in a ponytail, it doesn't look super thin.
Yeah, but when she hasn't straightened I think you can tell it's kind of thin. Because it all kind of looks like, like I think if if I were to straighten her hair, I think you could do it in all one layer. You know what I mean? Whereas, like myself, I have to section off my hair and do like four or five.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
I think hers would be one or two.
I wanna know
But maybe when... I don't want to break the glass for you...but she might have some sort of added hair in the ponytail, like it's not real.
*Gasp* God I didn't even think about that. She's so authentic. I don't think she would do that.
She would never
Her ponytail's 100% Jennifer Aniston certified ponytail hair.
If anyone has a way to give us this information...These are the behind the scenes facts that we want to know.
Yeah, I don't want like a lock. That's weird. I just want to hold it for a second.
Yeah, a thickness of the pony. Someone make a 3d replication, 3d printer of her ponytail.. and send it to us.
Yeah. And she's no flyaways when her hair's in a ponytail.
That's just unrealistic.
That's the most unrealistic part of any movie she's in.
That's because she has people there specifically to do that. Between everything and I'm sure they're like, spraying it.
But it doesn't look like it has hairspray, like you can tell. It's just perfect... How does she do it? I heard on the news this morning... we were, we were leaving our hotel, and Scott calls me in the room because they said "Jennifer Aniston reveals the biggest hair tip."
Was it dumb?
Did it even come from her mouth?
This I don't know. It was to use dry shampoo after a flight. I'm like old news. But this....
Are you kidding me?
The news anchor didn't even know what dry shampoo was? I don't know.
Was it a man?
Yeah, of course.
Okay, she doesn't even need to use dry shampoo after a flight. Why would she need to!
She has a shower on the plane.
Her hairstylist is probably with her. That's who I want to talk to. I want to talk to her hairstylist. You get a lot of insider info from that person
including the ponytail thickness.
Yes. The ponytail thickness, you could hear... I wonder what small talk they have. You know?
I feel like they're probably friends.
Oh, for sure. She's posted them on her new Instagram.
You're so right. Like they go to each other's parties and stuff. Not just because it's the polite thing to do. But because they're actually friends.
I would think so.
Yeah, I think so too.
But the hairstylist has to do her a favor before the party starts and do her hair.
Well, obviously. And, Jennifer Aniston's like, my friendship is good enough payment for you.
Yeah, I was gonna say that's like the admission price. Okay, so... hair tangent... our last category is Would You Watch it Again? So for this, you get a 1 or you get a 5...very rarely is there a 3.
Yeah, we only do a 3 if we're split, if one of us says we would and one says we wouldn't then we get to3.
And this obviously gets a 5.
Yes. Because we would both watch it again.
I own it
Anne watches it all the time.
I love it. Yeah. Yeah. Great movie.
Okay, so in review, plot gets an 8.5 out of 10. Character gets a 7.5 out of 10. Acting gets a 9 out of 10. Hair is a 3 out of 2, very rare, bonus points. Would You Watch Again gets a 5 out of 5. For a total score of 33.
Which means that this movie, out of her 38 movies that we've watched, which is all of them, this movie is #3
Which is good. I mean, obviously it's good. It's number 3... I thought it was gonna be higher.
It was number 1 for a while.
It was I think when we first watched it, it was in the first place.
It was high up there. It's a great movie. I mean, classic rom com with a twist in the ending that actually makes you feel like they're both they both are doing well. Yeah, overall, a real winner. I'm guessing most of our listeners have already watched this movie.
I would hope so.
If not, they have now.
True, can't listen unless you've watched it (that's not true). Um, yeah, I guess that's it for The Break-Up. So thanks for listening to our first episode of Girl Crush Podcast. Let us know your thoughts on today's movie or if you agree with our ranking. You can find us on Instagram @GirlCrush_Pod. And you can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tune in next time when we'll be talking about She's The One.