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|Directed by||Albert Brooks|
|Written by||Albert Brooks |
|Produced by||Andrew Scheinman|
|Starring||Albert Brooks |
|Edited by||David Finfer|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Modern Romance is a 1981 American comedy romance film directed by and starring Albert Brooks, who also co-wrote the script with Monica Mcgowan Johnson. It co-stars Kathryn Harrold and Bruno Kirby.
Robert Cole (Albert Brooks) is a Hollywood film editor right in the middle of cutting a new science fiction film featuring George Kennedy. His relationship with very patient bank executive Mary Harvard (Kathryn Harrold) is caught between undying devotion and endless agony. It's all because selfish Robert is a bit of a self-involved neurotic who can't quite decide if their relationship is meant to be, mainly because he's not sure if she's the one or there's someone else.
Robert breaks off their relationship only to find that modern romance isn't as easy as it seems, and the people you love might be the ones you constantly hurt the most. He and Mary end up driving to a cabin in Idyllwild, California, where intense jealousy causes Robert to alternately accuse and annoy Mary and propose marriage to her.
- Albert Brooks as Robert Cole
- Kathryn Harrold as Mary Harvard
- Bruno Kirby as Jay
- James L. Brooks as David
- George Kennedy as Himself; Zoron
- Albert Henderson as Head Mixer
A third brother, Cliff, has a cameo in the scenes set in the recording studio. He plays the music mixer, the bald man sitting to the left of the head mixer, who gets up and goes to his car during the break.
David, the director of the film that Robert is editing, is played by real-life film director James L. Brooks – no relation to Albert. He would later return the favor by casting Albert in his Academy Award-nominated role of Aaron Altman in Broadcast News.
According to Albert Brooks, Stanley Kubrick was a big fan of the film. He tells the story that Kubrick called him after viewing the film and asked, "How did you make this movie? I've always wanted to make a movie about jealousy."[dead link]
The film holds an 82% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 22 reviews. The site's critical consensus states: "Modern Romance contains all the hallmarks of Albert Brooks' best work: darkly funny, confrontational, and chock full of pithy observations about human behavior."
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