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Modern Romance

Release Date:January 1, 1981
Running time:93 minutes
Cast:Jerry Belson, Rick Beckner, Albert Brooks, James L. Brooks, Bob Einstein
Director:Albert Brooks
Writer:Albert Brooks

Description: 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, All Movie Guide

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