Directed by Albert Brooks • 1981 • United States
Starring Albert Brooks, Kathryn Harrold, Bruno Kirby
Albert Brooks takes an incisive look at the state of modern relationships in this hilarious and cutting anti–romantic comedy. Brilliantly embracing his inner cad, Brooks stars as Robert Cole, a neurotic Hollywood film editor whose rollercoaster romance with remarkably forgiving bank executive Mary Harvard (Kathryn Harrold) is constantly undercut by his doubts about their relationship. When Robert breaks things off in order to explore other options, he risks losing the best thing he’s ever had. In only his second feature, Brooks firmly established his distinctive comedic voice and confirmed his status as one of American cinema’s most astute observers of human nature.