Breaking Up

Synopsis: Monica teaches, Steve's a photographer. They've dated more than two years. They're arguing, and she leaves for her apartment, only to return in a few minutes to say they should stop seeing each other. A few days later, they're back together, but within two hours, he takes offense at an off-hand remark, and the separation starts in earnest. They see other people, then, out of the blue, Steve asks Monica to marry him. She says yes, and a time of ecstasy begins: they interview strangers, asking them what makes a marriage work, and she moves in with him. Then comes the wedding, and when Steve freezes, anger rends the relationship again. Can harmony return?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Robert Greenwald
90 min

I'm still here. You're still here.

We're still here.



So maybe we should...

- Maybe we should not see each other.

- That's what I said.

She doesn't want you to call.

If she wanted to talk, she'd call you.

What am I going to say? Hello?

Hello is good.

Hi, it's me.

Hello, it's me.

Hi, Monica, it's me, Steve. Jesus.


Hi, remember me?

Christ, just...

Just do it. All right?

I thought I'd drop in and say hi,

but I thought I should call.

Check if you're in, if it's okay,

that you haven't got anybody...

...with you or anything,

that you're by yourself.

I don't know.

I've been going out a lot lately.

No, actually I've been... No.

I've been going out. I'm working.

Going out. Working.

I've been going out and working.

I've been seeing lots of women.

Monica. Okay.

Yeah, it's that time of year again.

I'm photographing lima beans.

Yeah, they're beautiful.

Why don't you call me,

for f*ck's sake?

Hey, you want to go out?

I don't know, we could

go to a restaurant...

...go to a movie, eat something.

Go out. Out, out, you know, out. Okay?

I'd like to see you.

Yeah, it'd be nice to see you.

Don't you think?

Wouldn't it?


Yeah, yeah.

I don't know. I don't know, I just...

Just to see you, you know? Come on.

No, no, I just... No.

I mean, just see you, okay?

No, I just...


Look, I know we're not supposed to see

each other. I know what we said.


I'm not forcing you. Okay?

I'm not forcing you.

How could I force you?

I'm just saying...

I'm saying...

Look, I'm saying... I've said it. I...



All right. All right.

Jesus. All right, now, look, I'm sorry

I called, okay? Don't worry about it.

No, no.

No, no.

No, it's not important.


I told you.

I told you why I called, okay?

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Michael Cristofer

Michael Ivan Cristofer (born January 22, 1945) is an American playwright, filmmaker and actor. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play for The Shadow Box in 1977. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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