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Modern Romance (1981)

Modern Romance (1981)

Modern Romance




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Opening well past the point favored by most romantic comedies, director/co-writer/star Albert Brooks' take on the genre begins with a breakup. After exchanging harsh words in a diner, Brooks and Kathryn Harrold go their separate ways. Brooks then spends the next few days attempting to forget his troubles through work, exercise, drugs, and other women, torturing himself at each step. While it's hinted early on that this isn't the couple's first breakup, it eventually becomes clear that the they have cycled through the same events for even longer than expected. Meanwhile, Brooks' character, a film editor assisted by Bruno Kirby, attempts to put the finishing touches on his latest assignment, a none-too-promising space adventure starring George Kennedy and helmed by a details-obsessed director (James L. Brooks).more
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Monica Johnson, Albert Brooks
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 24, 2006
Sony Pictures Entertainment


Albert Brooks
as Robert Cole
Kathryn Harrold
as Mary Harvard
Tyann Means
as Waitress
Dennis Kort
as Health Food Salesman
Bob Einstein
as Sporting Goods Sales...
Virginia Feingold
as Bank Receptionist
Candy Castillo
as Drugstore Manager
George Kennedy
as Himself/Zeron
Cliff Einstein
as Music Mixer
Albert Henderson
as Head Mixer
Clifford Einstein
as Music Mixer
Gene Garvin
as Sound effects mixer
Hugh Warden
as Bank Dick
George Sasaki
as Japanese Businessman
Victor Toyota
as Japanese Businessman
Roger T. Ito
as Japanese Businessman
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Critic Reviews for Modern Romance

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

Extremely funny, ultra-hip and alarmingly insightful.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The first part of the film is farcical and very funny.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Ends up more insightful than funny.

Full Review… | January 8, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

In Albert Brooks' second comedy, which is both funny and irritating (some of it by design), he plays a nuerotic film editor who's unable to sustain a normal relationship

Full Review… | December 27, 2006

Nearly as much as Jerry Lewis, Albert Brooks's comic persona is defined by its unlikability.

Full Review… | May 3, 2006
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Modern Romance


This is probably one of the few examinations of a toxic relationship that doesn't involve physical violence of any kind. The film is uncomfortable from start to finish as what at first seems to be a neurotic neediness in the central character slowly becomes an obsessive narcissism. I respect the hell out of Brooks for casting himself as such a unlikable person.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer


Shows how jealousy can ruin relationships and cause unneeded stress with whoever involved.

Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer

One of the funniest movies ever made..a few scenes I never laughed so hard...dont miss this one!!!!!!!!!

alan jay

Super Reviewer

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