By Lisa Schwarzbaum
March 17, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

Bye Bye Love

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The team that put together Bye Bye, Love (Twentieth Century Fox, PG-13)- writers Gary David Goldberg and Brad Hall and director Sam Weisman (Brooklyn Bridge alumni all, with Goldberg and Weisman deans of the ’80s sticom Family Ties)-are pros at making smooth domestic dramas that use humor to aerate serious social issues. That practical sensibility shows in this TV- colored production. And in this case, that’s not a bad thing. On the agenda for Goldberg and Co. is the toll divorce takes on the bonds between dads and their kids, compared and contrasted by Paul Reiser (doing a Mad About You-shaped turn as a Paul Buchman-splits-from-Jamie kind of guy), Matthew Modine (as a flirtatious commitment-phobe), and Randy Quaid (as an angry galoot who gets to have fun displaying the messiest emotions). This is not a new topic-Kramer vs. Kramer claimed the territory back in 1979-but Love stakes its ground in a very 1995 sort of way. With the postfeminist daddies chatting articulately about how hard it is to say good-bye at the end of a weekend, it’s a retort to any social critic who decries the long-term detrimental effects of divorce on children. (It’s also a companion piece to Sleepless in Seattle, another TV-influenced domestic drama, right down to the casting of Rob Reiner as a haranguing radio talk-show host and Sleepless kid Ross Malinger as one of Modine’s brood.) The performances, pleasant and shallow, are enlivened by the appearance of the gamely rough-edged Janeane Garofalo, playing a blind-date nightmare. ”Basically,” she says, glowering at Quaid over dinner as she lists her requirements for an ideal man, ”I’m just looking for a mammal.” Garofalo growls and scolds her way merrily through this Daddy Feelgood story like-well, like a visitor from The Larry Sanders Show let loose on the set of My Two Dads. It’s the sort of collision that could only take place in a big-screen production entirely shaped by the small screen. B-

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