Movie Stats & Links
||Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Ellen
DeGeneres, Mary-Louise Parker, Don Johnson
||She might get ideas, you might leave her at
||Lots of gratuitous sex, but not much nudity.
||People get killed.
||Some good chuckles.
||Sandra and Ben doing the nasty in the church
||At Ben's funeral: "Who here has not been touched
by Ben in a special way."
||Alexandra Milchan, Patrick McDarrah, Joel
Roodman, Chris Daniel
"Goodbye Lover" is one of those
movies that, for me at least, had a lot of potential but
just missed it somewhere along the way. That and the fact
that there were these "look at this creative filmmaking"
things in it that just bugged me. I'll get to those later,
but here's the basic plot-line.
A Movie Review
Don Johnson, yup, that's right, Don "where the hell has
he been" Johnson plays Ben, a high level ad executive who is
screwing his brother's wife, Sandra (Patricia Arquette), a
major-league sex fiend. His brother, Jake (Dermot Mulroney)
is a drunk, working at the same ad agency, and we also toss
in an office worker, Peggy (Mary-Louise Parker) who is in
love with Ben. Oh what a tangled web that has been woven.
But if you think that is a tangle then wait until the movie
develops. What we find is that each of them have their own
agenda and all of it is based on life insurance money. Hell,
even the detective, Rita, played by Ellen DeGeneres gets in
on the act. And you know what, if I tell you any more than
that, if you actually go to see this movie, I'll spoil any
twist and turn that there is in this movie.
Yea, you get the idea that everyone is stabbing everyone
else in the back, and that is kinda the end plot of "Goodbye
Lover," and while the twists and turns did have me surprised
a couple of times, I think I kinda got tired of actually
wondering what was going to be happen next. There comes a
point in a movie where he screws him but she is really
screwing him while the other one is screwing them all and
she wants in, that you just want to say "Stop. Get on with
it already," and that was my problem with "Goodbye Lover,"
it didn't stop, all the way through the car driving "into
So yea, the movie is twisted, and that was good and bad,
but the other thing that bothered me, like I said before,
were some of the "hey, look at me the filmmaker" things.
Now, not to put anything down, but I don't think the
"tilting, swirling cinematography" or the "let's see just
how many mirrors we can have her face show while not showing
any of the lights, camera, or behind the action" scenes
helped any, and was it me, but that sure looked like a
reflection of a boom mike on the windshield of the car after
Don and Arquette did it in the house that was for sale. Oh
well, enough ranting about cinematography, what do I know?
So, my underlying thought on "Goodbye Lover" is 2 ½
stars out of 5. The twists and turns did have me guessing
once or twice, this was probably the first movie I've ever
seen where people are doing it in a church, and there were
some good lines that had me chuckle. I just wished that the
movie would have stopped at one of the twists or turns and
just got on with the movie.
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!!