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Modern Romance (1981)




Critic Consensus: 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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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 (22) | Top Critics (4)

Likely to interest only those who wish Brooks well and don't mind making extravagant allowances.

April 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Extremely funny, ultra-hip and alarmingly insightful.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

May 3, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

January 1, 2000 uneven yet mostly rewarding comedy that stands as one of Brooks' better directorial efforts, ultimately.

November 14, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Ends up more insightful than funny.

January 8, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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
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
alan jay

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