Modern Romance (1981): Albert Brooks Second Film

Modern Romance, Albert Brooks’ second film, aims at reworking the formula of the conventional Hollywood structure of boy-loses-girl-boy-wins-girl.

Brooks plays a neurotic film editor, obsessively devoted to Mary Harvard (Kathryn Harrold), but unable to build a normal or healthy relationship with her–or anyone else.

Full with theories about what relationships should be, he hardly looks at the girl he first kicks out, then furiously pursues.

Alternately irritating and hilarious, the film, just like Brooks’ debut Real Life, brims with insights and in-jokes about the process of filmmaking.