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Real Life (1979)

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Albert Brooks made his feature-length debut as a writer and director with this wickedly funny satire, in which Albert Brooks plays "Albert Brooks," an arrogant and self-centered comedian who has decided to make a documentary film. Following the lead of the infamous pre-Real World PBS series An American Family (in which a "typical" family was filmed during most of their waking hours and eventually self-destructed on camera), Brooks moves in with the Yeager family of Phoenix, Arizona and

Feb 13, 2001

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (2) | DVD (1)

Mr. Brooks is at his most droll.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Albert Brooks's first and funniest feature.

April 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The first of Brooks' analytical comedies is his funniest and most rigorous

May 28, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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Albert Brooks is so deft at showing how filmmaking distorts the very reality it aims to record honestly that it's hard to watch family documentaries anymore without thinking about Real Life.

November 1, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Though amusing in spots, it goes too far with its one-note joke until it becomes abrasive.

February 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Brooks messes with the genre from the start, spouting pseudoscience about how the filmmakers found their test subjects (led by a spot-on Charles Grodin).

February 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Mock-umentary predates reality shows, still funny.

December 27, 2004

Albert Brooks just before he became great.

December 21, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

A great, underrated, lost gem of a film that accurately predicted and lampooned reality television long before it ever came to be.

February 4, 2004
Countingdown.com

Real Life is funy in spots but is remarkable mostly for its Socratic open-endedness.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Brooks's directorial debut is also one of his best movies, largely due to the funny man's trademark multitasking as writer, actor and helmer.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

There's a little bit of genuine prescience, inspiration, and intelligence coursing through its veins, but mostly that smattering of each just makes you crave more.

August 28, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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20 years before reality tv, albert brooks destroyed the lives of a phoenix family in this hilarious mockumentary
April 4, 2009
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Stella Dallas

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Absolutely great!
April 22, 2008
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Leo L

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Albert Brooks can just look into the camera and I crack up. Here he is at his best, doing a reality show (far ahead of it's time) on Charles Grodin's family. Brook's ego demands that he take center stage (shades of Michael Moore?) and he winds up distorting the reality of what he is filming. Very prophetic along with being very, very funny.
"The house is really burning!"
February 13, 2008
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