Once a mere “700 Club” pulpit, The Family Channel has lately become a venue for ex-“SCTV” club members like Eugene Levy, director and co-star of “Partners ‘n Love”–as good a romantic-comic telepic as anything on TV’s secular channels.
David Grodin (Levy) is the “Mr.” half of Mr. & Mrs. Swimwear, a beach-rag concern he founded with his ex-wife, Maxine (Linda Kash), when they were still happily married. Still running the company together, they’ve been happily divorced for the last five years. Or have they?
Seems not. Revelation of a clerical error causes Mr. and Mrs. to re-examine their vows and anti-vows amid a takeover bid by a corporate snake (John James) who had been a high-school crush of Maxine. Neurotic David plays out his marital crisis less sexily: on a cel phone to his analyst.
A thin idea, but Levy knows how to hang it, helming his own deadpan reaction shots and a funny ensemble. Vivacious Kash could be Tracey Ullman with a Canadian accent (heavy Canuck content in Toronto location and cast) and Josh Goldstein’s bright script is full of divorce jokes the whole family can enjoy.