“The Broken Hearts Gallery” (Sony)

Molly Gordon, Geraldine Viswanathan and Phillipa Soo star in a scene from the movie "The Broken Hearts Gallery." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/TriStar Pictures)

By Catholic News Service

Shoddy values undermine the appeal of this romantic comedy, set in New York, that charts the twists and turns in the relationship between a down-on-her-luck art gallery worker (Geraldine Viswanathan) and an aspiring hotelier (Dacre Montgomery) strapped for cash to complete the renovation of his future hostelry. On the rebound from an earlier affair (with Utkarsh Ambudkar), the curator strikes on the idea of creating an exhibition to which strangers will be invited to contribute a souvenir of some broken bond in their past, the collection being housed in the unfinished hotel.

Though the central couple stay away from the bedroom for a while, a generally debased outlook on matters sexual permeates the humor in writer-director Natalie Krinsky’s film while the attempt to strike a tone of cute bohemianism misfires amid behavior that seems far removed from real life and a fleeting plug for Planned Parenthood.

A frivolous treatment of human sexuality, including jokes referencing homosexuality, promiscuity, contraception and masturbation, cohabitation, two premarital bedroom scenes, incidental approval of legal abortion and drug use, a same-sex kiss, a couple of profanities, several milder oaths, at least one rough term, occasional crude and much crass language.  The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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