Countdown to 5K! – #44 – Modern Romance (1981)

This is my 4969th Review

Original Rating prediction – 8/10


“What kind of surface might he be running on?” – Robert Cole

I don’t know… space floor?” – Head Mixer

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A neurotic film editor tries to come to terms with his love for his girlfriend yet finds it very difficult to trust her.

My Take on it – This is a film that I chose to watch for this series based solely on the fact that I know that Albert Brooks is able to personify an average guy in strange situations.

The premise of the film is quite interesting but the whole thing loses all of its enjoyment due to the lead character being overly neurotic in a way that is borderline psychotic to watch even for 90 minutes.

Brooks creates a character that is so unlikable that its hard to believe that this film is meant to be a romantic comedy.

Usually rom-coms have characters that we want to care about but Brooks and the other characters are all so forgettable because of the way they are presented to us.

The story revolves around itself too much and feels as if it is standing still the whole time instead of finding a way to properly move forward.

The characters are all played to an extreme that is too excessive and makes this such a chore to get through.

The main character that Brooks plays actually feels like super-George Costanza that propels things into an even more absurd world than we even have seen in all of the episodes of Seinfeld combined.

Bottom Line – Very interesting overall premise that is destroyed by the personality of the main character who is too neurotic and very unlikable for a lead in a romantic comedy. Brooks is a great actor, but this film just doesn’t work at all because of his performance. The story feels like it is going in circles and instead of giving us interesting characters to care about, it’s much easier to just forget them all because they are all much too extreme in the way they act throughout. In some ways, this character feels like an overly drawn out George Costanza that just isn’t funny or enjoyable to watch.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Albert Brooks, Stanley Kubrick called him up after the movie came out and told him he always wanted to do a film about jealousy. Later Kubrick made Eyes Wide Shut (1999) which explores the same theme. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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