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Modern Romance (1981)

 -  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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Tyann Means ...
Waitress
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Jay
Jane Hallaren ...
Ellen
Karen Chandler ...
Neighbor
Dennis Kort ...
Health Food Salesman
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Sporting Goods Salesman
Virginia Feingold ...
Bank Receptionist
Thelma Leeds ...
Albert Brooks' Mother (as Thelma Bernstein)
Candy Castillo ...
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David
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Himself and Zeron
Rick Beckner ...
Zeon
Jerry Belson ...
Jerry
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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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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 »

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Robert Cole: [stretching before his first jog after breaking up] One, two, three! And I don't even miss her, two, three! One, two, three! And I don't even miss her, two, three...!
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MY OWN BEST FRIEND
Performed by Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra
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Albert Brooks: His best and my favourite
8 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

I'll come straight out with it: This is my favourite film of all time.

Albert Brooks is consistently the finest Writer, Director and Actor when it comes to the character driven comedy. And this is his finest moment.

Robert Cole (Brooks) is a middle-aged, neurotic film editor, who continually breaks up and rekindles his relationship with Mary Harvard (Kathryn Harold).

The film opens with a typically Brooksesk scene in a restaurant when he informs his girlfriend that things aren't working out. It is, perhaps, a measure of just how funny Brooks is that he even manages to be funny ordering an omelette; not intentionally, but funny nevertheless.

What follows is the most brutal portrayal of what being insecure and neurotic can really do to you, and the empathy I experienced for Brooks' character is possibly unmatched by any other.

I can appreciate that non-fans of Albert's might not fully appreciate this film - because it is so unashamedly Brooks - but I think most people will find something here to laugh-out-loud to, I know I laughed all the way through, and still do after dozens of replays.

Make no mistake, watch this film today, and start to appreciate a genius who is under appreciated. Long live Albert.


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