With a lot of goodwilled beats, The Broken Hearts Club can rightfully claim its place alongside classy comedies that nail the anxieties and triumphs of a generation, à la The Big Chill, Clueless or Reality Bites. But this film's closeknit group of friends just happens to live in West Hollywood and know a lot about gyms, clothes and musicals.
Think of it as, um, St. Homo's Fire, as mostly straight actors play single gays searching for the perfect man, job, party and life, while leaning on each other for emotional support. Frasier's John Mahoney shows his sensitive sage side as the patriarch who runs the guys' baseball team and the bar where the group works and hangs out. Director Greg Berlanti focuses on universal feelings everyone can learn from, regardless of which team they're on.