Goodbye, Lover (1998)

ROLAND JOFFE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5

USA/Germany, 1998.  , , .  Story by , Screenplay by Ron Peer, , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Lame comedy thriller that uses twists and turns in place of interesting characters and wise dialogue. Patricia Arquette plays a woman married to  but having an affair with , someone ends up dead, we’re not sure how it really happened, someone ends up really in love with someone else, and to confound it all, a nosy, wisecracking detective () keeps the bad guy from getting away too smoothly. Arquette is no classic femme fatale, though she tries hard, and performances by Johnson, Mulroney and are just plain boring. A terrific musical score by John Ottman and a very funny performance by DeGeneres (especially her makeup in the last scene) helps, and the movie is stylish, but it’s also hopelessly empty.

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