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Modern Romance (1981)




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In the second comedy from Albert Brooks, the writer/director stars as Robert Cole, a neurotic motion picture editor enduring a roller coaster romance with his girlfriend Mary (Kathryn Harrold).

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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 Salesman
Virginia Feingold
as Bank Receptionist
Candy Castillo
as Drugstore Manager
George Kennedy
as Himself/Zeron
Albert Henderson
as Head Mixer
Cliff Einstein
as Music 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 (20) | Top Critics (2)

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

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

makes the repetition and relative tameness of the primary plot seem all the more obvious

January 10, 2006

Audience Reviews for Modern Romance


Albert Brooks second feature film (as writer-director-star) follows him as a neurotic Hollywood film editor who breaks things off with his girlfriend and quickly regrets the decision and hopes to win her back. Brooks is great and there are plenty if funny bits throughout...the it didn't have me laughing as much as "Real Life" did.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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

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

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

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