Director: Albert Brooks
Writers: Albert Brooks & Monica Johnson
Not the strongest of Brooks’s filmography but any Brooks is way better than most comedies in my opinion.
The overbearing neurotic Jewish mother/son relationship is a staple of comedy. It has been done countless times but there is something about the subtlety and nuance of this one that feels so fresh. The way Brooks and Reynolds play off each other is pretty fantastic and I always love how Brooks just lets conversational scenes play out. It isn’t a rush to the finish line with him. If he wants to have an 8 minutes scene where they talk about frozen foods then it will play out until its natural conclusion.
Not Modern Romance or Defending Your Life great but still very good and lots of fun watching these two together.