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Modern Romance (1981)

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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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Albert Brooks

Writers:

Albert Brooks, Monica Mcgowan Johnson (as Monica Johnson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Brooks ... Robert Cole
Kathryn Harrold ... Mary Harvard
Tyann Means Tyann Means ... Waitress
Bruno Kirby ... Jay
Jane Hallaren ... Ellen
Karen Chandler Karen Chandler ... Neighbor
Dennis Kort Dennis Kort ... Health Food Salesman
Bob Einstein ... Sporting Goods Salesman
Virginia Feingold Virginia Feingold ... Bank Receptionist
Thelma Leeds Thelma Leeds ... Albert Brooks' Mother (as Thelma Bernstein)
Candy Castillo ... Drugstore Manager
James L. Brooks ... David
George Kennedy ... Himself and Zeron
Rick Beckner Rick Beckner ... Zeon
Jerry Belson 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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Robert was madly in love with Mary. Mary was madly in love with him. Under the circumstances they did the only thing they could do... they broke up. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Modern Romance - Muß denn Liebe Alptraum Sein? See more »

Filming Locations:

Idyllwild, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,225, 15 March 1981

Gross USA:

$2,863,642

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,863,642
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Albert Brooks' character wears a size 11D shoe. See more »

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Quotes

Robert Cole: [selecting a prop for the space film he's working on] How much would you say this weighs?
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References Heaven's Gate (1980) See more »

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ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST
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Unbearable Brooks
19 December 1999 | by abooboo-2See all my reviews

This is a depressingly shallow, naive and mostly unfunny look at a wildly improbable relationship between Brooks' psychotic film editor and Harold, his vapid girlfriend. The two have ZERO chemistry together - primarily because Harold is incapable of doing anything besides looking pretty at this stage of her career; but also because Brooks' character is neither interesting nor likeable. There are 15 static, excruciating minutes at the beginning where Brooks, having just broke up with Harold, stumbles about his apartment in a depressed, drugged out state - unbearable.

Sappily and unimaginatively bookended by Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful", there simply is not enough material here for a feature film. There is hardly anything going on on the periphery of their relationship to give the appearance that these people exist in a real world. I'm sure Brooks' intention was to shine a white hot spotlight on the affair and, in a way, deconstruct it; but if you're going to do that the writing and acting needs to be far far better than what it is here.


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