The good news: Steve and Monica are together. The bad news: Steve and Monica are together. The great news: Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek portray the on-again/off-again couple in a savvy contemporary romance directed by Robert Greenwald and written by Michael Cristofer. Mixing vignettes, photos, on-the-street interviews and New York settings, Breaking Up chronicles the pair's crazed romance. "It's a failure, but it's ours." Steve tells Monica. And from splitting up to making up, something whispers it's the love of their lifetimes.