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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

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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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Mary Harvard: I don't think we should go together anymore. This is too painful for me. I can't do this. It's over.
Robert Cole: Marry me.
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Albert Brooks' greatest film (and that's saying something)
1 June 2003 | by connorratliffSee all my reviews

MODERN ROMANCE is one of the great unsung film comedies. It's not for everyone, in that the comedy is possibly too close-to-the-bone for people who like their comedy nice and painless. But in the post-Seinfeld era, when Curb Your Enthusiasm is a cult favorite, it is looking more and more like Modern Romance was WAY ahead of its time.

Real Life, Lost In America, and Defending Your Life are all great, but for some reason this film stands out to me as Mr. Brooks' greatest cinematic effort. (Stanley Kubrick was a fan, too-- he was trying to make his own film about jealousy, which would end up being EYES WIDE SHUT two decades later.)

The real shame is that this film is the only Brooks effort never released on DVD. We can only hope that Criterion might rescue it from oblivion with a nice special edition (with commentary by Brooks!)


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