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How to Live Forever (2011)

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Director Mark Wexler embarks on a worldwide trek to investigate just what it means to grow old and what it could mean to really live forever. But whose advice should he take? Does 94-year-old exercise guru Jack LaLanne have all the answers, or does Buster, a 103-year-old chain-smoking, beer-drinking marathoner? What about futurist Ray Kurzweil, a laughter yoga expert, or an elder porn star? Wexler explores the viewpoints of delightfully unusual characters alongside those of health, fitness and life extension experts in this engaging new documentary, which challenges our notions of youth and aging with comic poignancy. Begun as a study in life-extension, How To Live Forever evolves into a thoughtprovoking examination of what truly gives life meaning. --(c) Variance
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NR
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Documentary , Special Interest
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Cast

Gertrude Baines
as Participant
Dolores Bates
as Participant
Ray Bradbury
as Participant
Aubrey de Grey
as Participant
Brian M. Delaney
as Participant
Phyllis Diller
as Participant
Mordecai Finley
as Participant
Sebastien Gendry
as Participant
Jonathan Gold
as Participant
Rathyna Gomer
as Participant
Brian Harris
as Participant
Pico Iyer
as Participant
Marge Jetton
as Participant
Tanya Jones
as Participant
Madan Kataria
as Participant
Ronald Klatz
as Participant
Tricia Kurunathan
as Participant
Ray Kurzweil
as Participant
Jack La Lanne
as Participant
Elaine LaLanne
as Participant
Thomas Lynch
as Participant
Buster Martin
as Participant
Shinei Miyagi
as Participant
Kelly Morton
as Participant
Al Mott
as Participant
Samm Mullins
as Participant
Scott Mullins
as Participant
Edna
as Participant
Zenei Nakamura
as Participant
Sherwin Nuland
as Participant
Ushi Okushima
as Participant
Kikue Okushima
as Participant
Don Parker
as Participant
John Robbins
as Participant
Randall Roberts
as Participant
Linda Salvin
as Participant
Lisa Schoonerman
as Participant
Diana Schwarzbein
as Participant
Willard Scott
as Participant
Takanori Shibata
as Participant
Suzanne Somers
as Participant
Shigeo Tokuda
as Participant
Ellsworth Wareham
as Participant
Eleanor Wasson
as Participant
Craig Willcox
as Participant
Robert Young
as Participant
Marianne Williamson
as Participant
Tyrus Wong
as Participant
Heather Yegge
as Participant
Akimitsu Yokoyama
as Participant
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Critic Reviews for How to Live Forever

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (13)

A cheerfully rambling documentary that's much more thought-provoking than the sum of its parts.

Full Review… | August 18, 2011
Boston Globe
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A hodgepodge of talking-head vignettes including authorities on aging and daft, wrinkly nursing-home residents whose dotage doesn't seem enviable.

Full Review… | July 31, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A moderately ingratiating, none too probing and largely predictable essay on the way people fear and embrace their senior years.

Full Review… | July 29, 2011
Washington Post
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Wexler gets tired of his own movie near the end of it. The viewer will get tired in 15 minutes.

Full Review… | July 7, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
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Wexler, whose father is the brilliant cinematographer Haskell Wexler - still filming movies at 89 - wisely focuses on the personalities as well as the anomalies.

Full Review… | June 23, 2011
Arizona Republic
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If someone could give you a pill that allowed you to live for 500 years, would you take it?

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for How to Live Forever

Director Mark Wexler freaks out about growing older, and decides to fight back. Luckily for us, he takes his camera along for the journey. With characteristic wit and depth, Wexler tackles the complex and prickly subject of aging with a surprising variety of opinions. This gem of a film gives us the cutting-edge science of futurist Ray Kurzweil, the wisdom of author Marianne Williamson, and the genius of science fiction legend Ray Bradbury, alongside more controversial voices like a 101 year old chain-smoking marathoner and an elder porn star. Wexler works out with fitness legend Jack LaLanne, contemplates a future on ice at a cryonics lab, laughs with comedienne Phyllis Diller, drinks gallons of green tea, and extracts promises of immortality from life-extension expert Aubrey de Grey, but draws a blank when asked by his friend, writer Pico Iyer, the actual merits of simply wanting more. It is the ultimate question, and one the director sagely leaves to the viewer. After all, as the subtitle warns us, results may vary.

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