Film opens on Albert Brooks and wife Julie Hagerty in bed on eve of their move to a $450,000 house and also what Brooks presumes will be his promotion to a senior exec slot in a big ad agency. Brooks is a nervous mess, made worse when vaguely bored Hagerty tells him their life has become ‘too responsible, too controlled.’
Her suppressed wish for a more dashing life comes startlingly true the next day when a confident Brooks glides into his boss’ LA office only to hear that his expected senior v.p. stripes are going to someone else and he’s being transferred to New York.
Brooks quits his job and convinces his wife to quit her personnel job. The pair will liquidate their assets, buy a Winnebago, and head across America.
Brooks, who directed and cowrote with Monica Johnson, is irrepressible but always very human.