Surprisingly disturbing viewing. There is a knowingness to Brooks's approach and the conceit of an editor treating his life and others like his work is clever. His portrayal of jealousy and narcissism is both funny and discomfiting. However, the objectified position of Mary seems less than fully thought through and by the end the sexual politics leave a very unpleasant taste - more so than I suspect Brooks intended.
Obnoxious main character in a film that has aged poorly. This is not a film about love, but about a stupid, self-absorbed man with no redeeming features and his relationship of obsession and possession with his on-and-off girlfriend. The story and the female character lack any depth, and there is a repetition of sexist clichés and dangerous attitudes towards women, which make the film impossible to like nowadays.
A fairly amusing romantic comedy starring Albert Brooks (who also directed and co-wrote the thing). Things start to get more amusing as the film plays out and viewers watch the lead character repeating the same mistakes over and over, thanks to his insecurity and paranoia.
2.75 Ths stars are for the painfully relatable hilarity in the detail of Brook's solo scenes post break up; Mum calling instead of your ex, songs on the radio 'about' your ex - the hastily half giftwrapped toy giraffe - his desperation in one prop. BUT shamefully dated in it's male gaze -somewhat sexist even borderline mysognist. Also-an' industry'movie; whole segments about the edit suite may alienate many viewers.
Albert Brooks is the poor man's Woody Allen in many ways. Funny, laughed out loud several times. Favourite scene: The shoe store scene with the guy from Curb Your Enthusiasm as the salesman. I feel it lacked something though, maybe the female lead character wasn't interesting enough.
In theory, Albert Brooks' style of comedy is something I admire and wish more film comedy would aspire to – broad and exaggerated, yet fascinatingly real. The scene where he's on Quaaludes has an admirable subtlety, while being fundamentally ridiculous. But this, along with REAL LIFE and LOST IN AMERICA, just confirmed yet again that there's something in Brooks' style that, to me, is just so flat and unmemorable.