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Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 10/ 5/2006

Life Imitates Art: Jen and Vince 'Break Up'

By Liz Kelly

Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn have called it quits, or so sayeth Us Weekly. After letting this sink in for about .0005 seconds I can only draw the following conclusion: so what?

Breaker-uppers Vaughn and Aniston. (Universal)

Jen and Vince's relationship was a series of denials and sketchy photo ops anyway. Sure, there was a rumored $500,000 engagement ring, that one incident in Arizona where they were pulled over by cops and some casual snogging in Chicago; but where were the PDAs, the frolicking beach pics, the St. Tropez lap dances -- in short, where was the drama we've come to expect from stars of their stature?

The only memorable things about the two over the past six months were Jen's interesting decision to pair short shorts with high heels (a big hit with the husband) and Vince's -- well, Vince doesn't have one.

If the two are hoping to get a career boost out of this split, they're going to need to go back to the drawing board and come up with a little more action. We need Vince caught sucking face with Jessica Simpson in Vegas or Jen sneaking off to Hawaii with Owen Wilson for a little surf therapy. We need shadowy sources detailing tearful text messages or Vince popping Brad Pitt right in the shnozzola or, better yet, Jen decking Angie who has somehow managed to ensnare Vince in a polygamous relationship. In short, we crave a splashy denouement, a Hollywood ending.

This fizzling of an already flat relationship just will not do.

By Liz Kelly  | October 5, 2006; 11:59 AM ET
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i'm sad for both of them...but you're right. This isn't a big deal to the general public. Perhaps more stars should take a page from their book. It might cut down on paparazzi.

Posted by: alexandria | October 5, 2006 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Okay. First off, those shorts weren't that short. Not for a young lady.

All that aside, seems like Jen was being like a shrewish wife to Vince anyway, so no big loss there. And is Vince Vaughn ... ladies be honest here... isn't he just a doughy sidekick? I can't imagine many women look at him and say "yeah, I want to have his baby".

On the other hand. They both seem so vacuous that it's hard to care one way or the other. It's like finding out that Barbie and GI Joe are going steady or something.

Posted by: Bunkley | October 5, 2006 2:06 PM | Report abuse

What was so "interesting" about Jen's heels with shorts decision? It was pretty standard fare in fashion mags this spring/summer. She looks chic.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 5, 2006 2:30 PM | Report abuse

If Owen's looking for someone to sneak off to Hawaii and pursue "surf therapy" with, I'm available.

Posted by: h3 | October 5, 2006 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Wait...she's available? Let me polish my spurs!

Posted by: Alan | October 5, 2006 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Does some one care about this?

Posted by: Henry | October 5, 2006 3:48 PM | Report abuse

This really can't surprise anyone...the only other surprise is that Brad and Angie haven't split yet either.

Posted by: AC | October 5, 2006 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Very apt description, Vince as a "doughy side kick." When I see his pictures, I can almost smell the cigarette and bourbon breath. He clearly has a future hanging around craps tables in cheap hotels on the outskirts of Las Vegas.

Umm, not that I'm all that myself, but VINCE STILL CAN'T HAVE ME!!!!

Posted by: Dough boy | October 5, 2006 4:20 PM | Report abuse

About the shorts...those are practically culottes in LA. I've seen girls wearing what look like bikini bottoms in the grocery store here...with heels!

I think many of us are still hoping Vince returns to his hunkier "Swingers" days. Before he went from bad boy to dough boy.

Posted by: LAgirl | October 5, 2006 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Aniston is a rather colorless individual, and I mean that literally. Can a girl have any more black clothes? It's time to start adding clothes from other segments in the color wheel!

Posted by: craftapalooza | October 5, 2006 7:07 PM | Report abuse

But BARBIE is going steady with GI Joe, has been for years. Ken was never in the picture, at my house. And who is Blake anyway. Surf therapist? Ok.
BUT who remembers the action figure of Johnny West? Barbie thought about him for years. He lived in my brother's closet.

We bought GI Joe -- old school -- at a yard sale.

Posted by: Zipping by | October 5, 2006 8:58 PM | Report abuse

This is a rebound relationship for Jennifer
Aniston so there is no lost.

She should spent her time realizing she is not a movie star( she was only married to one.) She should had contacted Joanne Woodward on for advice on how to married to a movie star.

Posted by: Lisa | October 5, 2006 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Out of all the recent overhyped celeb hookups, this was probably one of the most boring ones.

Posted by: Phil | October 6, 2006 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Um, she DID have a #1 movie guys, so yes, she IS a movie star.
Sorry to burst your bubble.

Beyond that, she acts like a regular person outside of her job as opposed to being on an endless publicity tour. Good on her.

Posted by: Delia | October 9, 2006 4:13 PM | Report abuse

DDDDDDoughy?? Thems fightin words. And not really an accurate description, anyway.

Vince Vaughn is back in lean and mean mode. He's been looking very fit as of late. And it may well have been due to Aniston's good example.

But wherever his weight range might have fallen, he's always had a very enthusiastic fan base which has included a large number of adoring females.

The guy is very talented and comes across as an intelligent, funny and good-hearted person. Plus he's very good looking. What's not to love.

And he and Aniston seemed to make a good pair, IMO. Although I could never really figure out if they were really close or just pretending to be an item for the sake of promoting their movie.

However, I think this latest so-called news of a "breakup" is just some power posturing by US magazine.

US had come out with the story that they were engaged. Aniston made a point of publicly pointing out their error. US got peeved. And so now US makes up another story. This time of their breakup.

Posted by: alicia | October 10, 2006 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"But wherever his weight range might have fallen, he's always had a very enthusiastic fan base which has included a large number of adoring females."

No doubt female chubby chasers.

I mean, he seems like a fine guy, but he's pretty average in the looks department. Proving that girls knees pop open the moment somebody is on screen.

Nobody can figure them out.

Oh and as to him being "very talented and comes across as an intelligent, funny and good-hearted person", I'm guess that he must play the piano or something, because he's a pretty standard character actor. You want 30's doughy sidekick, Vince is your man. As to intelligent and funny, can you really tell all that from him acting on film? Or is that your projection that you hope he's funny and intelligent?

Posted by: Bunkley | October 15, 2006 12:57 AM | Report abuse

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