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Modern Romance (1981)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Drugstore Manager
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David
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Himself and Zeron
Rick Beckner ...
Zeon
Jerry Belson ...
Jerry
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Romance

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13 March 1981 (USA)  »

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Modern Romance - Muß denn Liebe Alptraum Sein?  »

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Columbia Pictures' decision to allow Albert Brooks to make this film was seen as a surprise to Hollywood as his previous film, Real Life (1979), bombed at the box office. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Robert Cole: I don't think we should go out. I mean, I just think it's over.
Mary Harvard: OK, it's over again.
Robert Cole: No, not "again". This it. It's the last time. It's for real.
Mary Harvard: You don't love me?
Robert Cole: I do love you. I mean, love has nothing to do with this. Yes, I love you. I mean, that makes it very confusing. But I just don't think. I mean... You've heard of a No Win Situation, haven't you?
Mary Harvard: No.
Robert Cole: No? Really, no? You've never heard of one? Vietnam; This.
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References Heaven's Gate (1980) See more »

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GOD ONLY KNOWS
Written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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laugh and hope this isn't you
28 September 1998 | by (Ellicott City, MD) – See all my reviews

This is Albert Brooks at his neurotic, psychotic, hilarious best. If you are an obsessive person, especially when it comes to relationships, and you or someone you love always kind of feared that you're a big freak - a little too scary and weird - check out Albert Brooks' Robert Cole. You'll find that you aren't nearly as bad off as this insecure little man. Or at least I hope you aren't. It also has some really funny behind the scenes comments on Hollywood, as the character is a film editor in Los Angeles. After Broadcast News this is my favorite Brooks performance.


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