Modern Romance (1981)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  13 March 1981 (USA)
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Albert Brooks directs himself as a successful film editor with far too many issues that affects the relationship between him and his remarkably patient girlfriend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyann Means ...
Jane Hallaren ...
Karen Chandler ...
Dennis Kort ...
Health Food Salesman
Sporting Goods Salesman
Virginia Feingold ...
Bank Receptionist
Thelma Leeds ...
Albert Brooks' Mother (as Thelma Bernstein)
Candy Castillo ...
Drugstore Manager
Himself and Zeron
Rick Beckner ...
Jerry Belson ...


Robert Cole, a film editor, is constantly breaking up with and reconciling with long-suffering girl friend Mary Harvard, who works at a bank. He is irrationally jealous and self-centered, while Mary has been too willing to let him get away with his disruptive antics. Can they learn to live with each other? Can they learn to live without each other? The movie also provides insight into film editing as Robert and co-worker Jay work on their current project, a cheesy sci-fi movie. Written by Reid Gagle

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Modern Romance - Muß denn Liebe Alptraum Sein?  »

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Did You Know?


According to Albert Brooks, Stanley Kubrick called him up after the movie came out and said told him he always wanted to do a film about jealousy. Later Kubrick made Eyes Wide Shut (1999), which explores the same theme. See more »


When Albert is high on Quaaludes, he puts on a record album and the disco hit "A Fifth of Beethoven" comes on. But watch the needle on the turntable - you can see the arm retracting and returning from the spindle while the music is playing. See more »


Robert Cole: [on the phone with Jay] Jay, listen -- I didn't tell you this before, and I think I should tell you now. I love you. I mean, in the right way. I think you're an amazing guy, and I -- I think I just love you.
Jay: The ludes kicked in, right?
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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »


Written by Tom Bähler
Performed by Michael Jackson
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Great comedy
6 October 1998 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

If you're an Albert Brooks fan already and you haven't seen this one yet, get set to become an even bigger fan once you do. This ranks with "Lost in America" as one of his two best, and in many ways this takes the prize. It's as funny and painful a view of a dysfunctional person as has ever been put on film in the name of comedy. In other words, it's better than all but the very best of Woody Allen. And that's saying a lot. In fact, Brooks's own persona is more likeable and more identifiable than Woody's--and Kathryn Harrold is unbelievably attractive in the female lead.

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