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Modern Romance

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A world-class neurotic, Robert Cole (Albert Brooks, Drive) just can's over.

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  • Actors: Albert Brooks, Kathryn Harrold, Tyann Means, Bruno Kirby, Jane Hallaren
  • Directors: Albert Brooks
  • Writers: Albert Brooks, Monica Mcgowan Johnson
  • Producers: Andrew Scheinman, Martin Shafer
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C20VTQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,788 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Modern Romance" on IMDb

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Southern on January 31, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
"Modern Romance" is Albert Brooks's masterpiece, and one of the funniest, most engaging romantic comedies ever made.
Brooks's first three films certified his status as a legend in the minds of comedy fans. Often described as a "jockier version of Woody Allen," Albert cultivated his own cinematic shtick during the late seventies and early early eighties -- a technique which capitalizes on a number of elements that quickly became Brooks trademarks, particularly self-parody; Bob Newhart-style telephone conversations (and man-against-the-odds conversations, where Brooks protagonists get in way over their heads, but make laughable, quixotic attempts to fight their way out); and gags built entirely around the use of a specific (often confined) setting. In "Modern Romance," these elements come to full fruition.
As in "Real Life" (1979) and "Lost in America," (1985) Brooks plays an exaggerated version of himself -- a neurotic, compulsive, self-obsessed opportunist. He's Robert Cole, a film editor for American International Pictures, who breaks up with his girlfriend, bank teller Mary Harvard (Kathryn Harrold), because they can't communicate ("You've heard of a no-win situation, right?... No? You've never heard of one? Vietnam...? This...?") but instinctively regrets his decision and spends a miserable night strung out on quaaludes, stumbling around his house, crashing into walls, and calling friends to talk about deep feelings. When Robert finally launches a successful, obsessive attempt to win Mary back with a porch full of stuffed animals, they can't stay together for more than two days, because he's such a paranoid shmuck that he won't give her enough freedom to function.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By cannotlogon on May 28, 2006
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Albert Brooks is, for some, an acquired taste. His diehard fans love virtually everything he has done, and then there are those who simply don't "get" him. Whichever camp you fall into, this film appeals to everyone. Brooks embodies the typical guy caught in one of those relationships that simply doesn't work but cannot be walked away from. This movie is an insightful comedic tribute to the fact that being obsessed with someone is NOT a healthy basis for a loving relationship.

Spectacular performaces from Mr. Brooks, Kathryn Harold, Bruno Kirby, and terrific cameos from James L. Brooks (no relation), Bob "Super Dave Osborne" Einstein (who IS Brooks' brother....Yes, Albert Brooks real name is....Albert Einstein!), George Kennedy and, believe it or not, Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon. If for no other reason, see this movie for "the movie within the movie" that Brooks' and Kirby's characters are editing. "You're acting like little WEASELS!"

Enjoy...very highly recommended!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Cassman on May 6, 2006
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If you're at all familiar with Albert Brooks's work, you know exactly what you're getting into here. Another study of neuroses and how they impact (negatively) on relationships between the sexes.

Brooks, as usual, plays the usual and same character, himself. with Kathryn Harrold as the love of his life. Brooks is up to his usual insecurities here wondering whether Harrold is cheating on him, obsessing over every little detail. One of the best scenes in the film is when he's depressed over one of the many breakups and is given Quaaludes to relax him. When they start to kick in he starts a rant on how great his belongings are. Loving everything he owns including his record collection, his bird "Petey", and deciding to go through his rolodex and calling old girlfriends.* (*When doing Quaaludes stay away from the phone.)

Modern Romance has its best moments when it has nothing to do with the Brooks-Harrold story, but rather when Bruno Kirby as Brooks's best friend is on screen. Another highlight is the film that Brooks and Kirby are editing, an absurd, cheesy sci-fi romp starring George Kennedy. It's got nothing whatsoever to do with the main storyline, but is the most memorable part of the movie which makes the repetition and relative tameness of the primary plot seem all the more obvious. If you like Albert Brooks you'll like this movie. If you don't know his work, picture George Costanza in his own show.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Buffy The Movie Slayer on November 22, 2005
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As a big fan of Albert Brooks films, Modern Romance is by far I think one of Albert Brooks funniest movies. I have already seen it several times and each time I laugh equally at the great lines I already know are coming. A classic story of how a couple keeps breaking up and getting back together again and a man Albert Brooks, a Hollywood film editor, who tries to overcome his heartbreak and then tries to win his love's heart back. It is a must for anyone going through a break up, anyone that is a part of a couple or even singles. Modern Romance takes place in the early 80's, so the time travel back as you watch this movie makes it even funnier as you watch the outdated clothes, hair styles, music and way of living. The dialog of this film is brilliantly funny. Albert Brooks is a riot and adorable. I have been waiting years for this film to come out on DVD as my homemade from tv video copy is getting worn. Don't hesitate to buy Modern Romance. It is a purchase you will enjoy over and over. Save the elemet of suprise for yourself and avoid reading any long detailed reviews or dialog quotes on this film. Everyone I have turned onto this film has never been disappointed. Trust this one is a 2 thumbs upper.
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