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Modern Romance Details


Opening well past the point favored by most romantic comedies, director/co-writer/star Albert Brooks' take on the genre begins with a breakup. After exchanging harsh words in a diner, Brooks and Kathryn Harrold go their separate ways. Brooks then spends the next few days attempting to forget his troubles through work, exercise, drugs, and other women, torturing himself at each step. While it's hinted early on that this isn't the couple's first breakup, it eventually becomes clear that the they have cycled through the same events for even longer than expected. Meanwhile, Brooks' character, a film editor assisted by Bruno Kirby, attempts to put the finishing touches on his latest assignment, a none-too-promising space adventure starring George Kennedy and helmed by a details-obsessed director (James L. Brooks). ~ Keith Phipps, Rovi

  • Release date:March 13, 1981


Albert Brooks
as Robert Cole
Kathryn Harrold
as Mary Harvard
Bruno Kirby
as Kay
Jane Hallaren
as Ellen
James L. Brooks
as David
George Kennedy
as Himself/Zeron
Bob Einstein
as Sporting Goods Salesman
Gene Garvin
as Sound effects mixer
Meadowlark Lemon
as Himself
Candy Castillo
as Drugstore Manager
Thelma Leeds
as Mother
Albert Henderson
as Head Mixer
Tyann Means
as Waitress
Jerry Belson
as Jerry
Virginia Feingold
as Bank Receptionist
Karen Mayo-Chandler
as Neighbor
Rick Beckner
as Zeon
Hugh Warden
as Bank Dick
Cliff Einstein
as Music Mixer
Dennis Kort
as Health Food Salesman
Joe Bratcher
as Jim
George Sasaki


Albert Brooks
Andrew Scheinman
Martin Shafer
Albert Brooks
Monica Johnson
Eric Saarinen
David Finfer
Ed Richardson
Production Designer
Cliff Einstein
Sound Mixer