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
Mar 2, 1979 Wide
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Frances Lee McCain
Dr. Ted Cleary
Dr. Howard Hill
Dr. Jeremy Nolan
Dr. Isaac Steven
James L. Brooks
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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.
Though amusing in spots, it goes too far with its one-note joke until it becomes abrasive.
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).
Albert Brooks just before he became great.
A great, underrated, lost gem of a film that accurately predicted and lampooned reality television long before it ever came to be.
Real Life is funy in spots but is remarkable mostly for its Socratic open-endedness.
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.
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