Year 2, Day 50 - 2/19/10 - Movie #415
BEFORE: From Steve Martin to Albert Brooks, another of my favorite comedians. I suppose the title's kind of ironic now, seeing as this movie's almost 30 years old.
THE PLOT: Albert Brooks directs himself as a successful film editor with far too many issues that affects the relationship between him and his remarkably patient girlfriend.
AFTER: Again, I'm not really finding the humor in another person's messed-up relationship. And for 10 minutes of the film, Brooks' character is high on quaaludes, and we get to watch him stumble around his apartment and get ready for bed.
Since Robert Cole, the main character, is a film editor, there's a lot of outdated stuff showing the process of film editing - like people cutting actual pieces of film, and viewing them on those big flat-top Steenbecks. It's all done on computer these days, right? Nobody actually slices up film any more...
Robert has an on-again, off-again relationship with Mary (Kathryn Harrold), but his petty jealousies and constant neurotic behavior keep interfering with their happiness. Again, it's kind of slice-of-life funny, but not really laugh-out-loud funny like "Lost in America" or "The Scout".
Also starring Bruno Kirby, with cameos from Bob "Super Dave Osborne" Einstein (aka Albert Brooks' brother) as a sporting-goods salesman, director James L. Brooks (no relation) as a director, George Kennedy as George Kennedy, and Meadowlark Lemon (what is this, Love Boat?)
RATING: 3 out of 10 sound engineers