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Awesome: 31.82%
Worth A Look: 22.73%
Average: 4.55%
Pretty Bad: 4.55%
Total Crap36.36%

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Modern Romance
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Purely excruciating. For masochists only!"
1 stars

"Modern Romance" is an Albert Brooks fare about a neurotic film editor who is obsessed over everything his girlfriend does. He breaks up with her, but can't forget her, so is restless until he gets her back. And, of course, once he does, they're fighting again until one wants out.

There's little to nothing funny about this. It's so damned consistently unfunny, without development (itís like a glacier; it just keeps pile-driving) you can hardly tolerate it. You're left feeling vexed from this overly excruciating piece of celluloid. Brooks and Monica Johnson's script seems to out-Woody Woody Allen, while Brooks pretends not to be Jewish (character name: Robert Cole). Brooks' kvetching about why she's not home, who she's dating, how it's possible for her to be dating so soon after they just broke up, who she's calling in New York, why she has to work so late, how her nipples show through her sweater, how her dresses are too revealing for everyone in her office to see, why she has to go to dinner with prospective clients, etc., just about nearly wears through your nerves. It's annoying, frustrating, uninteresting, boring. I nearly walked out at the 40-minute mark, but I stuck with it hoping for better developments. I ended up with maybe three or four chuckles. The only scene that I could honestly call funny, or slightly entertaining was during the editing process and running of sound clips. ("The Incredible Hulk" walking vs. "The Incredible Hulk" screaming.) How could someone of Robert Cole's caliber of neurosis even function? And the end titles of, "Three weeks later they were married [sic] A month later they divorced [sic] Now they are dating with plans to remarry," is no more funny than the rest. To Brooks' credit, the compositions and long takes were decent, as was the editing. The rest (besides a couple of in-jokes and cameos) is intolerable.

Final Verdict: F.

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User Comments

7/05/16 brian Musketwitz gave 4 stars to Shyamalan's "The Village." I'll say no more. 4 stars
11/05/15 David Hollingsworth Excruciatingly real and painfully funny. 5 stars
10/11/10 the dork knight watching a man-child for 1 hour 30 minutes. 1 stars
5/10/06 Ted Fields Awesome film. 5 stars
4/29/06 Uncle Scoopy A disappointingly monotonous effort. 2 stars
2/13/06 John total crap 1 stars
12/09/05 Jessica This movie was the best! I watch it often! 5 stars
2/12/05 Kim Has some great laughs - a bit drawn out at times - but still quite enjoyable. 4 stars
6/25/04 David Funniest movie of all time 5 stars
5/18/03 Ryan Johnson Stanley Kubrick loved this film-- it is Albert Brooks' unsung masterpiece. 5 stars
5/12/03 BSteuernagel Best dark comedy ever. 5 stars
3/27/03 Richter D Is vely vely gut 4 stars
8/28/01 Mikhail Morsofian Well, I liked it. I mean, it wasnít perfect. I too found myself yelling at the TV. 4 stars
7/26/01 Ellen Nixon I am watching this film right now and it is hysterical. Albert Brooks is a genuis. 4 stars
1/19/01 Ralph Hammock One of the Greatest Movies of all time! A must for every guy that has broken up with a girl 5 stars
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  DVD: 02-May-2006



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