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Goodbye Lover
Goodbye Lover
Actors: Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Mary-Louise Parker, Ellen DeGeneres, Ray McKinnon
Director: Roland Joffé
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     1999     1hr 42min

Overlooked and underrated, Goodbye Lover is a tawdry, tasty film noir with a soft spot for its scheming antiheroine. With her platinum Lulu bob, a killer wardrobe, and a Sound of Music fetish that inspires her to "climb ev...  more »


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Actors: Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Mary-Louise Parker, Ellen DeGeneres, Ray McKinnon
Director: Roland Joffé
Creators: Alexandra Milchan, Arnon Milchan, Chris Daniel, Gerald T. Olson, Alec Sokolow, Joel Cohen, Ron Peer
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/12/1999
Original Release Date: 04/16/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 04/16/1999
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 42min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French

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Reviewed on 5/27/2023...
Lots of stars with a crazy plotline.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Mary L. (marymix) from NANTUCKET, MA
Reviewed on 10/23/2009...
A bit coarse, and not a comedy, but still entertaining, especially if you like murders! Lots of plot twists, so this should have been a longer movie to make better advantage of the complexity of the story. I think it's too choppy at this length and it suffers for it.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Michael Anderson | 06/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Wow. What a fun, hysterical, crazy, and twisty ride. This film really is below th radar, and it makes no sense why. With this name cast, led by the amazingly talented Arquette, how could you go wrong? I won't even comment on th story, because I want to give nothing away to the mystery and who is double-crossing-who games.
I can say that the music and camera work are great, as well as the costume desing. We get to hang out with some very original characters here, who are very well defined.
So, grab a drink, sit back, and have fun. Arquette's seductively crazed siren will taken you on a fun romp where indeed "image is everything".
Did I mention Arquette plays a real estate agent obssessed with 'The Sound of Music' soundtrack and church? HA!"
Dale Carnegie It Ain't
Bruce A. Nelson | Worcester, MA USA | 12/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I was pleasantly surprised.

Reviews of this 1999 film were hardly complementary. In fact, I cannot even recall its initial release or if it ever reached Worcester, MA (hardly the first time an unusual film failed to make it to the Paris of New England). Nevertheless, have some fun with this underrated work. Roland Joffe, of The Killing Fields fame, takes Double Indemnity, adds 10 pints of sex with more twist and turns than a Monaco Grand Prix and you have Goodbye Lover.

It's also quite funny.

For the Mary-Louise Parker fans out there, not only is she good (again) yet one can see why she accepted this job. It is yet another opportunity for her to explore the complexity of personality and how rarely people are what they appear to be. She fooled me, anyway. Patricia Arquette and Dermot Mulroney also have some fun with this. Actually, Ellen DeGeneres character as a cynical, wisecracking police detective with some rather bad stand-up (with her Mormon sidekick) remain fairly true to themselves. Don Johnson role is small but he's actually quite good as a guy who's clearly up to his nostrils in bad choices. I loved watching him sweat it out.

Definitely worth a second look. Rated R (not for the kiddies, send them to the movies)
Quirky, Dark & Humorous
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 01/28/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Patricia Arquette and a budget price were the draw for me to this DVD. What a delight! Roland Jaffe, who has twice been nominated for Best Director Oscars in 1984 for "The Killing Fields" and in 1986 for "The Mission," directs this offbeat humorous thriller. He also directed a film that intrigued me titled Vatel. Arquette has since been nominated for three Golden Globes and two Emmys including an Emmy win for Medium - The Complete First Season. She is fascinating to watch as Sandra. She goes from seductress to victim to crime boss. Her love for the soundtrack to "The Sound of Music" is a wonderfully hysterical gag. The film twists & turns so fast that this moment's good guy is the next scene's heavy. Dermot Mulroney who has been in "Zodiac," Georgia Rule (Widescreen Edition), and Must Love Dogs (Widescreen Edition) plays Sandra's husband Jake who displays emotional instability and often appears inebriated. Don Johnson from TV's classic series "Miami Vice" plays the stable brother Ben who keeps trying to help Jake. He helps -- except for the little tiny affair he's having with his brother's wife. The scene where Arquette pops a pre-recorded disc into the church organ and then proceeds to play Don Johnson's personal organ is as funny as it is inappropriate. Mary-Louise Parker who has been nominated for 4 Golden Globes and won in 2005 for the TV series "Weeds" plays Peggy, Don Johnson's assistant. Ellen DeGeneres was nominated for an Emmy for hosting the Oscars in 2007 and was also nominated for a Golden Globe for her TV series "Ellen." As the world-weary Detective Pompano, she is a wisecracking hard-edged cop who's seen everything two or three times. Ray McKinnon plays her wide-eyed sidekick Rollins. McKinnon's innocent sincerity is so at odds with all the other characters that it works marvelously. McKinnon was in "O Brother Where Art Thou" and won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short titled "The Accountant" in 2001. This film is quirky, dark and humorous. It works so well because of the marvelous cast and Joffe's excellent eye. Enjoy!"