Hey, I’m new here with the McMasters program, but I can’t remember all the bits and bobs of Mickey D’s. But you’re my teenaged trainer! You can help me remember! But first, what happened in the movie Bye Bye Love again?
Pop Quiz Hot Shot!
1) In an initial voice over monologue it is explained precisely why McDonald’s plays such a prominent role in the proceedings. Why?
2) With three divorcees there comes three ex-wives with lives of their own. Can you describe the marital / relationship status of all three.
3) Young adult Max and old-timer Walter both work at McDonald’s and have an interesting relationship, what is it?
4) Paul Reiser’s daughter is rather upset at her father during the run up to her graduation, including driving drunk at a party the night before. Where does she drive to and why is she so gosh darn upset?!
5) At the very end Quaid goes to confront Rob Reiner during his radio program. Just give me the gist of Quaid’s reasoning for why Reiner is oh so wrong about divorced dads.
1) It is (and it is entirely possible this is a complete invention of this film) because it is considered a neutral ground for handing over kids involved in joint custody. Fast food restaurants (but really, who wouldn’t choose MD’s amirite?) are the main ones they mention.
2) Susan (Matthew Modine’s ex-wife played by Amy Brenneman) is single, but ready to mingle, specifically with Paul Reiser’s character when they realize they’ve always been attracted to each other. It is revealed that they get married in the film’s postscript. Grace (Randy’s Quaid’s ex-wife player by Lindsay Crouse) is dating a weird hippy guy that Quaid hates with every fiber of his being. Claire (Paul Reiser’s ex-wife played by Jayne Brook) is remarried to Phil, but that doesn’t stop Reiser from pining for her.
3) Max is Walter’s boss (kind of, he trains him) as Walter is in the McMasters program. Additionally, Max is homeless in that he sleeps in his car, whereas Walter is now living alone in a big house as his wife has passed away and his adult children live elsewhere. Which means Max is going to be his roommate. Absolutely an amazing idea for a sitcom, call me Netflix.
4) She drives to the house they lived in prior to the divorce (which is now owned by Stephen Root). And she’s upset for the same reason she’s been upset since the divorce: she thinks the divorce is her fault. But it wasn’t, no matter how “good” she was the divorce was just two people falling out of love. And in the end, the family learns to live and love again.
5) The gist is this basically: Reiner excoriates divorced dads for all of the things they do wrong. Ignoring the kids, destroying their marriage, and all of the issues involved in co-parenting in general. But Quaid basically says he’s giving them all a complex suggesting that divorce is easy if they were just better and that it gets better, when for him and a lot of people it doesn’t get better, it is terrible and unending. But, and here’s the catch, he is more connected to his kids and actually deep down is much happier than he would be if he was still with his ex-wife. Get it?
Ah, that’s right, nothing. Absolutely nothing happened in that movie. So who were you? Randy Quaid, the destructive but ultimately affable weirdo who loves his kids? Or are you Matthew Modine, the selfish womanizer who will ignore his kid at a moment’s notice if there is a lady involved?