Real Life (1979)




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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Monica Mcgowan Johnson, Albert Brooks, Monica Johnson, Harry Shearer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 13, 2001
Paramount Pictures


as Albert Brooks, Himse...

as Warren Yeager

as Jeannette Yeager

as Harris

as Dr. Howard Hill

as Dr. Ted Cleary

as Himself

as Evaluator

as Lisa Yeager

as Eric Yeager

as The Felton

as The Felton

as The Felton

as The Felton

as Jeanette's Mother

as Jeanette's Father

as Dr. Rennert

as Horse Owner

as Nurse

as Minister

as Dr. Jeremy Nolan

as Dr. Kramer

as Martin Brand

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Dr. Isaac Steven
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Critic Reviews for Real Life

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2)

Mr. Brooks is at his most droll.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Albert Brooks's first and funniest feature.

Full Review… | April 12, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's astonishing, and a bit sad really, how prescient Real Life is.

Full Review… | February 24, 2015

The first of Brooks' analytical comedies is his funniest and most rigorous

Full Review… | May 28, 2010

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.

Full Review… | November 1, 2006

Though amusing in spots, it goes too far with its one-note joke until it becomes abrasive.

Full Review… | February 15, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Real Life

20 years before reality tv, albert brooks destroyed the lives of a phoenix family in this hilarious mockumentary

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


The film's merits extend way beyond it's (probably accidental) prophetic vision of what reality television is today as it's also one of the most cynical and vicious comedies ever made. Brooks' performance is perhaps the best and most unflattering in the history of people playing themselves in a film.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

Absolutely great!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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