Picks and Pans Review: Bye Bye, Love
Matthew Modine, Randy Quaid, Paul Reiser
Lately, McDonald's has had good reason to say hooray for Hollywood. The golden arches figured prominently in Houseguest, and they have what amounts to a starring role in this tedious, almost 100 percent laugh-free comedy of two days in the lives of three divorced dads.
Reiser is still wistful about his former wife (Jayne Brook), who is now remarried; Quaid is a high school wrestling coach with an unfriendly ex (Lindsay Crouse); and Modine has never met a woman he didn't want. The trio are best friends and lost souls. In the long term they don't know how to shape their new lives; in the short term they don't know how they will entertain their offspring this weekend.
A lot happens—and all to the accompaniment of a broadcast by local radio shrink Rob Reiner, who has devoted 48 hours to divorce issues. For starters, Quaid has the world's Worst Blind Date with Janeane Garofalo. Modine, meanwhile, unexpectedly has three dates at once—and Reiser gets something going with Modine's former wife (Amy Brenneman). One subplot involves Johnny Whitworth's friendship with the late Ed Flanders, a recruit in McDonald's senior-citizen program.
Bye Bye, Love says nothing about the pain of divorce that wasn't said better in countless TV movies of the 1970s. (PG-13)
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