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
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 »
I don't think that we should go out any more. I mean, I just think it's over.
Okay. It's over again.
No, not *again*. This is it. This is the last time. It's for real.
And you don't love me?
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?
No? Really, no? You've never heard of one? Vietnam? This? I'm telling you they're around. I think we're in one of...
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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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