Reviewed byBrian Houser (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 9/10/10
My love for this movie is a bit of a mystery. It seems Bye, Bye, Love wouldappeal most to divorced parents looking for some redemption for their messedup lives. But I'm a single guy in his thirties who grew up in a veryhealthy family.
But every time I catch this movie replaying on one of the movie channels, Ijust can't switch away. I guess it appeals to me because it does manythings well. Bye, Bye, Love has strong, well-developed, interestingcharacters. It has comedy, romance, and tension. It makes good use ofmusic and includes some great familiar tunes. The acting is superb. And itpaints a pretty realistic picture of what it's like to be a divorced parentin modern America (I assume) while being quite entertaining.
I'm surprised this movie hasn't gotten more attention as it remains one ofmy all-time favorites.
Reviewed byBlackthorne @>->----Vote: 8/10/10
Good chemistry between the characters - whether it's friends, parents, ex's,or lovers. The timing was right on, and everyone delivered.
Great casting from the Radio Psychologist (Rob Reiner) down to the lastlittle kid.
Randy Quaid is one actor that usually needs tempering in his roles.....butnot this one. He managed to be outrageous, testosterone laden, andrough-cut without sacrificing the depth of his character.
This was also the first movie in which I'd seen Janeane Garofalo (aka "TheDate"), and I immediately added her to my list of favorites. I've sincerented several other of her films, all of which I've enjoyed - especially"The Truth About Cats & Dogs".
Also keep an eye out for Mae Whitman ("Michele") - She needs a little moreseasoning, but someday this kid is going to have "Oscar-winner" in front ofher name.
A thoroughly enjoyable film.
Reviewed byAmy AdlerVote: 8/10/10
Dave (Matthew Modine), Vic (Randy Quaid), and Donny (Paul Reiser) are atrio of friends and divorced fathers. Dave has a beautiful new younggirlfriend named Kim (Maria Pitillo) but still sports a wandering eye.Vic, whose soul was definitely bruised by his ex-wife, is just agreeingto go on a blind date with Lucille (Janeane Garofalo). As for Donny(Paul Reiser), he is also having severe trouble moving on, holding hisformer wife in high esteem, even though she has remarried. All of themen have children that they love deeply and who fall into their custodyat the appropriate times. Yet, meeting their former mates at suchplaces as McDonald's, in order to exchange their children, still giveseveryone a pang of hurt. Will Dave learn to commit himself to onewoman? Will Vic let go of his resentments and take a chance on a newlove? And will Donny realize his ex is never coming back and givehimself permission to love someone else, even if it is Dave's formerwife (Amy Brenneman)? As for the kids, will they be able to weathertheir parents divorce, too? This is a truthful and touching film aboutdivorce in modern America. Yes, it is very common now, making lifecomplicated, especially when children are involved. But, even so, it isnot the end of the world, as all of the men, women, and kids discoverin this movie. All of the actors are wonderful, with Quaid, especially,giving an extremely humorous and thoughtful performance. Specialmention should also go to Garofalo for her drop-dead-funny,neurotic-yet-lovable portrayal of a divorcée. Then, too, the Californiasetting is lovely, the costumes very well chosen, and the productionvalues quite high. Most of all, the script is funny, original, andbrutally honest. If you have been down the divorce highway, you shoulddefinitely make time for this film. It will help heal wounds with itslaughs and sensitivity. But, even if you just want to find a film thatwill let you "yuck it up", this one is a terrific choice.
This is a story about the breakup of the family. In particular, it focuses on the lifestyle of three divorced men. The film is presented from their perspective and it reveals their relationship with their children, ex-wives, girl friends, male friendships, and their identities as divorced men. In addition to dealing with divorce, the film touches on spousal loss and young adult homelessness. The film can be considered a social commentary that is both comical and emotional.