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Bye Bye Love (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 17 March 1995 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Dave
Randy Quaid ... Vic Damico
Paul Reiser ... Donny
Janeane Garofalo ... Lucille
Amy Brenneman ... Susan
Eliza Dushku ... Emma
Ed Flanders ... Walter Sims
Maria Pitillo ... Kim
Lindsay Crouse ... Grace Damico
Ross Malinger ... Ben
Johnny Whitworth ... Max Cooper
Wendell Pierce ... Hector
Cameron Boyd ... Jed Damico
Mae Whitman ... Michele
Jayne Brook ... Claire


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. Written by Joel Schesser <joelsd@aol.com>

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Donny, Dave and Vic are best friends. They have everything in common ... ex-wives, new girlfriends, and the kids for the weekend.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au revoir mon amour See more »


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Matthew Modine and Paul Reiser later starred on Stranger Things (2016), with both appearing in the second season. While they do not share screen time, both actors' characters are connected to the series' Hawkins National Laboratory. See more »


Dr. David Townsend: We're back, I'm Doctor David Townsend. And we're talking about divorce. It effects all of us, and hurts many of us. And in the next forty-eight hours, that is all we will be talking about; divorce. D-I-V-O-R-C-E, tell you what it means to me.
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References Rawhide (1959) See more »


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Performed by Ben Taylor
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Produced by Frank Filipetti and James Taylor
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9 January 2017 | by sol-See all my reviews

Life is not easy for three divorced fathers who meet every weekend at a fast food diner to collect their kids from their exes in this mix of comedy and drama starring Matthew Modine, Randy Quaid and Paul Reiser. Each provides a heartfelt performance and Rob Reiner is also solid as a 'radio shrink' whose intermittent broadcasts seem to taunt the trio as he laments the state of marriage today and constantly sides with the wives when discussing divorce. For all the angst that the film builds up - suggesting that fathers always lose out in the divorce process - the comedy treatment dulls any axe that the film has to grind. Janeane Garofalo has the funniest scene of the film as an awful first date whose rampant feminism amusingly gets in the way of all conversation (and dining), however, her scenes are far removed from the divorce woes at the heart of the film. The film indeed works best when it is not trying to be funny with a memorable scene early on in which one father gets very annoyed at his ex-wife spending her alimony payments on her car rather than the kids. Another great scene has one of the men staring out of the window at his ex-wife's lazy new lover, sunbathing with sunglasses on, moping around and doing nothing. The sense of indignation in this segment is quite heartfelt ("how could she prefer him to me?") without the need for a single word to be uttered. As mentioned though, the movie is mostly comedy and never an especially engaging one at that. The film's heart is certainly in the right place, but a slight change of tone could have done wonders here.

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