Bye Bye Braverman is a curious mixture of tasty and tasteless jokes, all at the expense of Jewish people. Pic describes, in padded vignette and travelog transition, the hypocritical mourning of a deceased man by four alleged friends.
Herbert Sargent has taken the ‘dark comedy’ approach; were it black comedy, or straight comedy, it might have worked better. As it is, the curious and erratic use of Jewish ruggedness of spirit and the native non-sequitur humor makes for a plot stew which will offend the sensibilities of many, and titillate the prejudices of others.
George Segal, Jack Warden, Joseph Wiseman and Sorrell Booke are the mourners of never-seen Braverman. Jessica Walter, the less-than-bereaved widow, has the yen for Segal (married to Zohra Lampert).
If the film meant to portray the four principals as basically clod characters, with some good points, it missed. If the idea was to portray them as basically good, with human frailties, insufficient depth was given along these lines, too.