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James L. Brooks

Director, Actor

Modern RomanceModern Romance (1981) Recommended
Dir. Albert Brooks
Feat. Albert Brooks, Kathryn Harrold, Bruno Kirby
Essentially a sustained neurotic monologue, this early gem from director/star Brooks examines the dilemmas of a…
Terms of EndearmentTerms of Endearment (1983) Recommended
Dir. James L. Brooks
Feat. Shirley Maclaine, Jack Nicholson, Debra Winger
Classic family saga of loss and reconciliation with Shirley Maclaine and Jack Nicholson, who both won Oscars, as did the film.
Broadcast NewsBroadcast News (1987) Recommended
Dir. James L. Brooks
Feat. Holly Hunter, William Hurt, Albert Brooks
Superb TV newsroom dramedy in which vacuous newsreader Hurt and neurotic reporter Brooks compete for the attentions of Holly Hunter.
Mother (1997)
Dir. Albert Brooks
Feat. Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds, John C. McGinley
Middle–aged teddybear Albert Brooks reties the apron strings with Mom Debbie Reynolds after two failed marriages. Some very funny scenes of…
As Good As It GetsAs Good As It Gets (1997) Recommended
Dir. James L. Brooks
Feat. Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear
Obsessive–compulsive Jack Nicholson has his fear and loathing neutered by the straight–shooting solo–Mum waitress, Helen Hunt, in…
SpanglishSpanglish (2004)
Dir. James L. Brooks
Feat. Adam Sandler, Paz Vega, Tea Leoni
A Mexican maid (Vega) is inducted into the Bel Air household of a celebrity chef (Sandler) and his dysfunctional family, in this cheerfully sour…
How Do You KnowHow Do You Know (2010)
Dir. James L. Brooks
Feat. Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson
A softball star (Witherspoon) past her prime contemplates the future while flittering romantically between a major league baseballer (Wilson) and a…

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