Number of Times Seen – at least twice (10 Nov 2000 and 11 Jun 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A group of friends try to get on with their lives despite having new routines ever since they each got divorced.
My Take on it – As someone who was a divorcee for about 5 years, I was able to relate to this film so much more this time than I was when I originally saw it years ago.
They do a great job of presenting many of the issues faced by divorced fathers and mothers and I loved the way that they let each of the characters deal with their issues in completely different ways.
This shows that there are so many kinds of ways to resolve issues stemming from a divorce.
The cast is great and Paul Reiser, Matthew Modine and Randy Quaid all are superb here in their roles.
The fact that each of them have different physical qualities helps us see that anyone can be in this kind of situation and that there are ways to overcome just about any kind of difficulty in life.
The idea to have Rob Reiner play a DJ giving running commentary about divorce in general is an ingenious one and it gives us even more insight into how people deal with divorce and how to raise children in two households at once.
Despite only having seen this film once before, for years, I have many times been reminded of this film especially the scene where the characters are all sitting at McDonalds with their kids because I myself have spent many afternoons with my son in a similar such setting.
Bottom Line – Can really relate to much of the issues dealt with in this film and they present them quite well. I liked the way that each of the divorcees deal with their problems in completely different ways because it allows us all to see the varying ways one can deal with issues stemming from divorce. The running commentary by the DJ played by Rob Reiner is great because it gives us even more food for thought when it comes to how American’s deal with divorce and raising children separately. The cast is great and Reiser, Quaid and Modine are all perfectly cast. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Janeane Garofalo would later go on to play Paul Reiser’s adult daughter Mabel on the series finale of Mad About You. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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