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"Goodbye, Lover"

by David Sterritt

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"Goodbye Lover" is the sort of throwaway Hollywood thriller that has no business in an allegedly serious festival, but then again, with "Godzilla" closing the program it’s obvious that all bets are off. Patricia Arquette plays a scheming wife who manages to kill Don Johnson, outfox Mary-Louise Parker, and ride into the sunset with Helen DeGeneres, among other things, with a little help from various shady acquaintances. Roland Joffe has directed the frequently comic action with more than his usual amount of flair—clips from "Mildred Pierce" and the great "Pickup on South Street" point to good influences on this project--making this a reasonably efficient way to while away a couple of hours.

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