Reviewed bybilly-7Vote: 9/10/10
If you're an Albert Brooks fan already and you haven't seen this one yet,get set to become an even bigger fan once you do. This ranks with "Lost inAmerica" as one of his two best, and in many ways this takes the prize. It'sas funny and painful a view of a dysfunctional person as has ever been puton film in the name of comedy. In other words, it's better than all but thevery best of Woody Allen. And that's saying a lot. In fact, Brooks's ownpersona is more likeable and more identifiable than Woody's--and KathrynHarrold is unbelievably attractive in the female lead.
Reviewed byNiroVote: 9/10/10
Brooks' astute observation on men's foibles when obsessed, love~wise, aimshigh... and hits every mark.
His character's on~again, off~again boyfriend/girlfriend relationship withcoke~sniffing Kathryn Harrold [in what is clearly her best performance inwhat turned out to be a quickly~disintegrating short career] is the basisfor the film.
And it's a winner, for most male romantics I'd presume.
Or at least for me: I've done most of the sneaky things Brooks' characterdoes at one time or another, while desperately in love.
As with most of Brooks' works, this isn't laughing out loud funny: it'swry,subtle and makes some great statements on man's utter base incapability ofunderstanding women.
PS: In case you didn't know, Brooks' real name is Albert Einstein... hisbrother Dave also became a big star in the late '80s: as pseudo~daredevil"Super Dave Osborne"...
Reviewed byThurstonHungerVote: 6/10/10
If the world does indeed break down into Albert Brooks'fans and detractors, then I'm definitely in with the former.We are probably something akin to "negatively chargedquarks" while the others are "super strings?" As anexperiment, I wonder if a relationship could brook bothsidesof the Albert spectrum and last outside a vacuum??
Anyways, this is a fine 90 minute (so street legal as afeature film) comedy that feels shorter. The alert levelfor"needy neurosis" on this should be set as high as the scalegoes. Indeed frequently we hit the "cringe" zone that LarryDavid is mining these days with his "Curb Your Enthusiasm"and earlier with Seinfeld.
While there are not a lot of laugh-out-loud momentsfor me, I don't think that is why the film moves soquickly. I think Brooks is just economical with whathe shows us, I rarely feel (in any of his films) thathe ever stoops to the audience. For the pace of thisfilm to keep up is a tribute to the fact that its focusis a relationship that is going nowhere.
Even if it has to visit Idylwild to get to nowhere.
I suppose there's a potential deeper level here in thatpeople who look for trouble in a relationship, or in asci-fi film with George Kennedy, can always find suchtrouble. Even if it requires looking to the level of ridiculousdetail.
Of course most films from 20 years ago are dated, andwhile the song-based humor, the quaalude interludeand answering machine are dated as dressing to thefilm, I really don't think the message is that far offmarktoday. If anything, I'd like to see Brooks take this astepfurther in the wake of Dr. Phil and others and deal withfolks who NEED to have troubles in their relationships.
If you are looking for trouble in this film, go in expectingto identify with Brooks. Even when he hits momentsthat most of us could connect with (some exasperationwith a parent, odd confessions to a co-worker, jumpingback into the dating pool too quickly, getting swindledby salesfolks), he usually carries it to the level oflampooning. It's funny for me, but I think some peoplewant so badly to identify with such a lead characterthat they cannot let go at these moments.
Anyways, I think this is a film worth seeing, indeed youprobably should arrange to see it on cable with apotential boyfriend/girlfriend on one of your earlierdates. If you both like it, things are looking good. Ifyouboth detest it, likewise. One up and one down....hmmm,maybe try "My First Mister" as a backup test?
Robert Cole, a film editor, is constantly breaking up with and reconciling with long-suffering girl friend Mary Harvard, who works at a bank. He is irrationally jealous and self-centered, while Mary has been too willing to let him get away with his disruptive antics. Can they learn to live with each other? Can they learn to live without each other? The movie also provides insight into film editing as Robert and co-worker Jay work on their current project, a cheesy sci-fi movie.