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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: James L. Brooks, Meadowlark Lemon, George Kennedy, Albert Brooks, Kathryn Harrold
  • Directors: Albert Brooks
  • 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:
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  • Studio: Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C20VTQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,703 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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"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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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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There was a time when Albert Brooks seemed like the natural heir to W. Allen. He had a very Literate (and insightful) writing style, coupled with a bitingly sarcastic persona - and obvious abundant talents for directing, as well!

Focusing on smaller-budgeted, seemingly more personal scenarios - but with broadly satirical extroverted characterizations (Brooks himself never came across as an introverted-intellectual, far from it!)

But in most of his films, there is also a somewhat wistful underpinning, of someone who uses sarcastic bravado to really serve as steely armor to withstand the slings & arrows of an uncaring World that will never understand the sensitivity existing deep within his true inner Soul ==> but I am probably just imagining all of this = since Brook's primary intention is surely to have us rolling on the floor with unbridled Laughter! Which he achieves, most of the time! (Although his Later film with Meryl Streep called 'Defending Your Life' had more than a few serious, thought-provoking moments!)

Another huge draw for this particular film is the beautiful and extremely charismatic presence = Kathryn Harrold => she should have become a Huge star!
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Often very funny look at a very neurotic man’s effort to deal with a break up – one in an endless series of break-ups and reconciliations with the same woman, very well played by Kathryn Harrold. She manages to make the object of Brooks affection neither perfect nor a nightmare, but a real live, confused, exasperated woman dealing with a guy she loves -- who is clearly a disaster at relationships.

The film is more a collection of funny set pieces and sketches then a flowing narrative, which keeps it from having the underlying emotional depth of, say, some of Woody Allen’s films from the same period about relationships. But some of these pieces are so funny (e.g. a depressed, ever more stoned Brooks making phone calls and fawning over his beloved record collection – done so perfectly that it's side-splitting) that they make the film well worth seeing, even if you’ll remember the laughs much more than the characters and the story.
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"Modern Romance" is a fun, light comedy from Brooks. It fairs better than "Real Life" but does not have the magic of later films like "Defending Your Life" and "The Muse".
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