Bye Bye, Love

In overall ambience, this is Sleepless in Seattle meets Parenthoodmore specifically, the tragicomic trials and tribulations of three recently divorced fathers (Matthew Modine, Randy Quaid, and Paul Reiser) in southern California suburbia. Everything tends to get underlined and overplayed, and the first stretch of the movie might be the lengthiest plug for McDonald’s in the history of cinema, but otherwise things are fairly tolerable and watchable, at least if one can accept the ultraconventional framework. Directed by Sam Weisman from a script by Gary David Goldberg and Brad Hall; with Janeane Garofalo, Amy Brenneman, Eliza Dushku, Ed Flanders, and Maria Pitillo; Rob Reiner is around as a fatuous radio talk show host specializing in divorced husbands. (JR)

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