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Goodbye Lover
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Starring: Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Ellen DeGeneres, Mary-Louise Parker, Don Johnson
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Warner Bros.
Kiddie Movie: No way.
Date Movie: She might get ideas, you might leave her at home.
Gratuitous Sex: Lots of gratuitous sex, but not much nudity.
Gratuitous Violence: People get killed.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Some good chuckles.
Memorable Scene: Sandra and Ben doing the nasty in the church balcony.
Memorable Quote: At Ben's funeral: "Who here has not been touched by Ben in a special way."
Directed By: Roland Joffe
Produced By: Alexandra Milchan, Patrick McDarrah, Joel Roodman, Chris Daniel

Goodbye Lover
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:44 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
"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.

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 the sunset."

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!! L8R!!

 

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