5 out of 10
For ever movie that touches your heart, there's another picture that makes you a bit queasy. Sadly, Broken is one of those pictures.
It's a wonder this movie was made. The script is nothing but a grocery list of 'Girl with big dreams moves to Hollywood' clichés. She ends up working the night shift at a diner. She has an ex-boyfriend with drug problems. She met him on a beach. We have flashbacks running throughout.
The diner itself is sparsely filled with other Hollywood residents. The skeezy-and-British record producer. The two guys looking to score. The high-cost prostitute and her madam. The used-up bag lady that reminds the heroine unnervingly of herself. The also-skeezy film producer.
The direction is nothing outstanding. Heather Graham's acting is the same as it ever was, heartfelt but not entirely convincing. Jeremy Sisto does a fine job as the dangerous junkie, but I felt I already watched him play that on Six Feet Under (and Suicide Kings). Replace 'junkie' with 'chemically unbalanced prodigy' and you're there.
The plot has a twist or two, but nothing that makes the movie remarkable in any way. Your time is better spent elsewhere than watching Broken.
You can buy Broken from Amazon.com