Review: ‘Partners ‘N Love’

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.

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.

Partners 'N Love

(Fri. (27); 8-10 p.m.; Family Channel)

Production

Filmed by Atlantis Films and Barry Jossen Prods. in association with the Family Channel. Executive producers, Peter Sussman, Barry Jossen; supervising producer, Seaton McLean; producer, Larry Raskin; director, Eugene Levy; writer, Josh Goldstein, from a story by Goldstein and Jonathan Prince.

Crew

Camera, Ray Brounstein; editor, Stephan Fanfara; music, Lou Natale; production designer, Stephen Roloff.

Cast

With: Eugene Levy, Linda Kash, John James, Jayne Eastwood, John Hemphill, Debra McGrath, Colin Fox, E.M. Margolese, Len Doncheff, Roy Lewis, Stephanie Morgenstern, Harold Divine, Jack Newman, Kevin Jubinville, Andrew Lewarne, Lisa Mininni.
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