A darkly comic whodunit about greed, deceit, and romantic deception, Goodbye Lover stars Patricia Arquette as Sandra, a seemingly moral and obsessively cheerful woman who sells real estate and is fascinated by the movie The Sound Of Music. But Sandra has a secret; while she's married to Jake (Dermot Mulroney), an ad executive who is having ...Read MoreA darkly comic whodunit about greed, deceit, and romantic deception, Goodbye Lover stars Patricia Arquette as Sandra, a seemingly moral and obsessively cheerful woman who sells real estate and is fascinated by the movie The Sound Of Music. But Sandra has a secret; while she's married to Jake (Dermot Mulroney), an ad executive who is having problems with both his career and his drinking, she's having an affair with his brother, Ben (Don Johnson), a successful public relations man. Ben, on the other hand, is already dallying with Peggy (Mary-Louise Parker), a woman on his staff who is beautiful but insecure, though she has a darker side few people know about. When Ben decides to break it off with Sandra so he can pursue his relationship with Peggy, Sandra is furious, and, knowing Jake would be just as angry, tells him about their affair. A vengeful Jake confronts Ben, which leads to a knock-down, drag-out fight -- and Ben's death, as he falls from a window. Ben leaves behind a hefty insurance settlement, and soon the surviving characters are scrambling over the money. Enter Police Detective Rita Pompano (Ellen DeGeneres), who has seen too much in her time on the force to not develop a deep cynicism about the people she protects -- or to not be tempted to get in on the payday herself. Goodbye Lover was directed by Roland JoffT, in something of a departure from his best-known work in high-minded dramas such as The Killing Fields and The Mission. Mark Deming, RoviRead Less
Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Ellen DeGeneres, Mary-Louise Parker, Don Johnson. Very good in very good packaging. Language: English. Run time: 104 mins. Originally released: 1999. 1999 release. 101 minutes. Blockbuster PVT with sticker on back of cover. Director Roland Joffé's neo-noir stars Patricia Arquette as Sandra Dunmore, a Los Angeles femme fatale who enjoys strolling around town singing tunes from THE SOUND OF MUSIC while coordinating real estate deals and listening to Tony Robbins inspirational tapes. She also takes pleasure in cheating on her husband, Jake (Dermot Mulroney), with his own brother, Ben (Don Johnson). Jake is a brilliant but drunk copywriter at an advertising agency where Ben is a clean-cut, high-powered executive. When a double indemnity insurance policy is taken out for Jake, Sandra begins to concoct a murderous and greedy plot. However, things get out of hand in this bizarre murder mystery, and soon Ben has left his lover for his mousy secretary (Mary-Louise Parker), while a pair of bumbling police officers is hot on Sandra's tail. Wisecracking Rita Pompano (Ellen DeGeneres) and her naive, devout Mormon partner, Rollins (Ray McKinnon), are determined to get to the bottom of Sandra's devilish plans. The dry, cynical remarks of DeGeneres sparkle with raunchy wit and deadpan humor, while Arquette shines in a kittenish performance that harkens back to the precocious divas of Hollywood's golden era.