Director: Albert Brooks
Writers: Albert Brooks & Monica McGowan Johnson
I am fairly new to Albert Brooks. After watching Defending Your Life I decided to go back and check out his other stuff. Brooks plays a neurotic Jewish Hollywood film editor (what a stretch!) who is having relationship troubles. Not a novel concept but it makes up for it with Brooks’s comedic personality. There is something endearing and relatable about it.
The scene that stood out to me the most was when Robert Cole (Brooks) goes home after dumping Mary Harvard (Kathryn Harrold). He pops some qualuds and then just has to deal with being high and alone in his house. There was something just fascinating how long the scene just went on. A man just alone with his thoughts and feelings trying to fill the void in his heart. There is just something pathetic and funny about the whole scene and that Brooks isn’t afraid to just let the scene ride as long as it goes makes it even better.