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Indo-Australian actress’ rom-com opening in theaters

It is a perfect fit to be one of the first major-studio films to make it back into theaters after months of Covid-19 shutdowns,

Acclaimed Indo-Australian actress Geraldine Viswanathan (breakout star of 2018 film Blockers) plays the lead in the new romantic comedy from Sony, “The Broken Hearts Gallery,” which will be releasing in theaters across North America on Sept. 11. Indian American actor Utkarsh Ambudkar and Dacre Montgomery are her co-stars.

Geraldine Viswanathan plays Lucy, an inveterate collector who can’t let go of any souvenirs of previous relationships, from a rubber ducky won at a carnival to her ex-boyfriend’s dental retainer. She is, essentially, a hoarder, both physically and emotionally, and something of a mess who can’t stop talking and can’t stop justifying her behavior to herself and to everybody around her.

So relentlessly annoying that many viewers will really have to work at liking her, Lucy begins the movie besotted with her “grown-up” boyfriend, Max (Utkarsh Ambudkar), and thrilled with her job at a tony art gallery. But, in short order, she loses her boyfriend and her job and finds herself in abject (but very chatty) misery.

“The Broken Hearts Gallery” has some awkward edits and some jumps, but as a female-centric romance, it is breezy enough to go down easily. And the focus on coming to terms with endings can be genuinely touching at times, as it is when we finally learn why Lucy is such a collector.

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