Bye Bye Love is a 1995 American comedy-drama film that deals with the central issue of divorce. It was directed by Sam Weisman and written by Gary David Goldberg and Brad Hall. It stars Matthew Modine, Randy Quaid, Paul Reiser, Janeane Garofalo, Amy Brenneman, Eliza Dushku, Rob Reiner, Amber Benson, and Lindsay Crouse. Production costs were heavily underwritten by McDonald's product placement.
Goldberg and Hall stated that they included in the script several fictionalized accounts of events that had happened to divorced friends of theirs.
Also acting in the film were Jayne Brook, and Ed Flanders in his last movie role. A not-yet-famous Jack Black has one line ("Reefer?") as a disc jockey at a party.
Co-stars Amber Benson and Eliza Dushku went on to play main roles on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as did Lindsay Crouse.
This is a story about the breakup of the family. In particular, it focuses on the lifestyle of three divorced men in the Los Angeles area, Dave Goldman (Matthew Modine), wrestling coach/driver's ed teacher Vic D'Amico (Randy Quaid), and real estate agent Donny Carson (Paul Reiser).
The film is presented from their perspective and it reveals their relationships with their children, ex-wives, girlfriends, male friendships, and their identities as divorced men. In addition to dealing with divorce, the film touches on spousal loss and young adult homelessness.Matthew Modine as Dave Goldman
Randy Quaid as Vic D'Amico
Paul Reiser as Donny Carson
Janeane Garofalo as Lucille
Rob Reiner as Dr. David Townsend
Amy Brenneman as Susan (formerly Goldman)
Ross Malinger as Ben Goldman
Mae Whitman as Michelle Goldman
Lindsay Crouse as Grace (formerly D'Amico)
Amber Benson as Meg D'Amico
Cameron Boyd as Jed D'Amico
Jayne Brook as Claire Carson
Eliza Dushku as Emma Carson
Johnny Whitworth as Max Cooper
Maria Pitillo as Kim
Brad Hall as Phil
Ed Flanders as Walter Sims
Wendell Pierce as Hector
Danny Masterson as Mikey
Jack Black as DJ at party
Stephen Root (uncredited) as Awakening neighbor
Michael Spound as Mike
The film was not considered particularly successful, grossing less than $13 million in the U.S. in its theatrical run. It has a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 21 reviews. Although overall critical reaction to the film was not positive, Janeane Garofalo's performance as the "date from hell" got good reviews, and earned her a nomination for an American Comedy Award. Many of the reviews complained that the movie played more like an episode of a sitcom than a feature film.
It was released on DVD on March 8, 2005 through Anchor Bay Entertainment.
The film's soundtrack includes performances by Linda Ronstadt, The Proclaimers, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ben Taylor, Everly Brothers, and Jackson Browne.