The Goodbye Girl (2004)





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The TNT cable network aired this made-for-TV version of Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl in January 2004. Jeff Daniels stars as Elliot Garfield, an actor who subleases an apartment in New York City. Unfortunately, the apartment is already occupied by dancer Paula McFadden (Patricia Heaton) and her daughter, Lucy (Hallie Kate Eisenberg). Apparently, Paula's boyfriend decided to secretly sublease his part of the apartment before he left her. Paula and Elliot agree to share the apartment, even though they get on each other's nerves. While she desperately searches for a job and he struggles through a difficult production of +Richard III, they end up falling in love. Eventually their love is tested when Elliot gets a job offer in Seattle. Contemporary pop artists Hootie & the Blowfish contribute to the soundtrack.
Comedy , Romance
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Jeff Daniels
as Elliot Garfield
Richard Benjamin
as Oliver Frey
Alan Cumming
as Mark Bodine
Hallie Kate Eisenberg
as Lucy McFadden
Patricia Heaton
as Paula McFadden
Lynda Boyd
as Donna Douglas
Emily Holmes
as Rhonda
Woody Jeffreys
as Ronnie's Assistant
Marco Soriano
as Ronnie
Sharon Wilkins
as Mrs. Crosby
Zak Santiago
as Dance Class Instructor
Jessica Van Der Veen
as Stage Manager
Panos Grames
as Pianist
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Just another needless, ineffectual remake.

Full Review… | May 4, 2005

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Nothing different of the original The Goodbye Girl.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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As with the 1977 original of The Goodbye Girl, two mismatched roommates live together as they take their chance in a new relationship. When Paula McFadden's actor boyfriend split today for a movie role, struggling actor Elliot Garfield moves into their Manhattan apartment as its new tenant's name. As Elliot doesn't have the heart to enforce his lease he plays Richard III on an off-off-Broadway play. Directed by Richard Benjamin and starring the great acting performances by Jeff Daniels, Patricia Heaton, and Hallie Kate Eisenberg. I find this 2004 update as good as the original, meaning that it is still romantic, dramatic, and comedic altogether; of course, you can still say hello to Neil Simon's finest love story anyways.

Eric On His Fantasy Quest Vs. The Real World
Eric On His Fantasy Quest Vs. The Real World

See the original. Patricia Heaton is really bad in this....ewwww! There is no chemistry between her and Jeff Daniels at all.

Michelle Fitzsimonds
Michelle Fitzsimonds

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