The Matchbreaker is a 2016 independent romantic comedy film produced and directed by Caleb Vetter, and starring Wesley Elder, Christina Grimmie, Osric Chau, Victoria Jackson, and Tessa Violet. The film follows a man whose occupation is breaking up girls’ relationships for their deploring parents, and at the same time trying to win over a girl he had a crush on in grade school.
The film premiered at Arclight Cinema Dome, Los Angeles, California on October 4, 2016, and was released in selected theaters on October 7. The film was released for digital download on December 6.
This film features the only motion picture performance by the American musician Christina Grimmie, who was murdered four months prior to its release.
The film opens with Ethan Cooper, a clerk at a computer repair shop, retelling a story to his roommate Sam about his long-lasting infatuation with a girl he knew in primary school.
One day, while visiting his sister Lexy, a florist, Ethan gets an offer from Mrs. Taylor to get rid of her daughter Veronica’s boyfriend in exchange for money. He succeeds but accidentally causes Veronica to become infatuated with him. Mrs. Taylor recommends Ethan to other disapproving parents, thus making him a match-breaker and making his “business” prosperous.
Sometime later, he gets a yet another offer from a dissatisfied parent. Ethan meets her at a jazz club, where she apparently sings at nights. It turns out that the daughter is actually Emily Atkins, the same girl whom Ethan was gushing about to his roommate, Sam. Ethan decides to meet up with her again, this time at an art gallery, where Emily works.
Meanwhile, a puerile rich young man named Mitchell becomes interested in a waitress named Tricia. Unfortunately, his parents do not approve of his new-found love interest and they hire Ethan to dismantle the couple. Ethan goes on a double date with the couple, bringing Lexy along to act as his girlfriend. They try to make Mitchell and Tricia dislike each other but are unsuccessful.
Sometime after, Emily invites Ethan to a restaurant where Ethan learns Emily’s apparent displeasure with her boyfriend. Later, Ethan gets a surprise visit from Emily’s mother, from whom he learns that Emily has broken up with her boyfriend on her own. Her mother offers Ethan a reward, but he declines.
Ethan and Emily decide to hang out. Emily learns that Ethan had and still has a crush on her. Also, Ethan learns that Emily is not as flawless as he made her out to be. Despite her flaws, Ethan kisses Emily, but Emily disapproves of the kiss.
Emily gets a call from a friend who is in need of help and asks Ethan to come. It turns out that Emily is close friends with Tricia. Ethan learns that Tricia and Mitchell broke up.
Annoyed with Veronica’s affection with him, Ethan decides to tell her that he has no interest in her.
Sometime later, at a formal party, Emily notices a check written by her mother for Ethan in her mother’s handbag. Ethan rushes over to the party as Sam texts him to let him know that someone is trying to seduce Emily. When he arrives, Emily, who is infuriated, confronts Ethan about the check. Ethan notices that Veronica has followed him. Engulfed with emotional trauma, Veronica exposes Ethan to be a match-breaker in front of a crowd, as she has stalked him since they first met.
The next day, Emily’s mother tells Emily that Ethan refused to take the check for the assumed dismantlement of the couple. Meanwhile, overwhelmed with guilt, Ethan gets Mitchell back together with Tricia, and offers Mitchell’s father, a record producer, to visit the jazz club tonight, where Emily will be performing. Later, Tricia informs Emily that Ethan helped Mitchell to win Tricia over again.
Six months later, Tricia and Mitchell have gotten engaged, and Ethan has written a relationship book and started a romantic relationship with Emily.
The shooting principally took place in Kansas City, Missouri, whose some of the landmarks can be seen, such as the Kauffman Center, The American, and the Green Lady Lounge, and in Leavenworth, Kansas. Leavenworth’s landmarks were also featured in the film, such as the Leavenworth theatre and the Tampico Restaurant. The gas station, FavTrip, on the 4th street was also used during the filming, and some of the interior houses as well.
The film’s first premiere was held at the Arclight Cinema Dome on October 4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The premiere had an immense focus on honoring one of the lead stars of the film, Christina Grimmie, and it was attended by her family and friends. The second premiere was held in Caleb Vetter’s home town of Kansas City, Missouri at the Alamo Drafthouse. The film was released in selected theaters across the U.S. on October 7.
The film was released for digital download on December 6, 2016. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 7, 2017.
The film was released on Netflix in 2017. The film was released on Amazon Prime in 2018.
The soundtrack was released on November 29, 2016 in the U.S. by Vetter Brother’s Filmworks. The soundtrack features songs whose vocals were provided by the actors themselves. The music was composed by George Pauley.
On December 6, 2016, a music video for the song “My Buddy” was released.