★★★

The Broken Hearts Gallery is a romantic comedy with a wonderful cast, and plenty of chemistry between the lead characters. A twenty-something young woman trying to make it in the art scene gets her heart broken repeatedly; this is a pattern she must figure out how to not only change, but embrace, when she meets a handsome young man who’s willing to take a shot on being her partner, in both senses.

Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan) is a quirky art gallery assistant who has a hard time letting go of her relationships when they end, and it’s taking a huge toll on her personal life. Mixing love and work was a bad idea, but it gets even worse when an incident at a gallery where she’s entwined with her superior goes viral.

She is so blinded by the cloud she’s living in, and when she thinks she’s located her Lyft driver, she mistakenly gets into the back seat of the wrong car, where she randomly meets entrepreneur Nick (Dacre Montgomery). He is then swept up in her relentless pursuit for her artistic vision and a fuller life. A dreamer himself, he’s working on taking a broken-down building and turning it into a hotel – which also happens to be the perfect little hole-in-the-wall space to put a gallery. He wants to give her a shot to create something amazing along with him, which should help them both.

Now, Lucy’s pastime of collecting sentimental memorabilia from relationships past becomes her greatest strength – an idea that takes the form of its own pop-up art gallery in Nick’s hotel, and it goes viral. Everybody seems to relate to this idea, and her huge success in the industry she’s passionate about may bring her what she wants. But the greatest reward of all might just have been there in front of her face the entire time.

Newcomer feature writer/director Natalie Krinsky (Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy) noticeably brings her small-screen wit and character banter that’s original, unique, but sometimes unfitting to the feature format. Characters repeat a funny joke in case the audience doesn’t get it the first time, and obvious foreshadowing would almost swallow every moment of the film if the cast weren’t so likeable.

There’s a happy-go-lucky aspect to The Broken Hearts Gallery that rings distinctly false. No matter what hardships any of the characters are facing in the film, one has the idea that everything will still work out in the end. Yet, this is exactly the kind of relief that can be draw from finer elements of the romantic-comedy genre, where whether matters of the heart are destined to work out or fail epically while on that path, the journey itself makes a great story.

Ultimately, The Broken Hearts Gallery is well acted, has a catchy concept behind it, and plenty of heartfelt, sweet moments to round out the rough edges. It is both romantic and funny, so it fits the bill for anything that would, or should be expected of it. While it doesn’t live up to its own aspirations, it’s still pretty good at the end of a long day.