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While the fictitious Albert Brooks takes us cheerfully into his confidence, the Albert Brooks behind the camera sees through him with hilarious clarity.
Mr. Brooks is at his most droll.
Albert Brooks's first and funniest feature.
Real Life is a jewel of American comedy and one of the first mockumentaries ever made.
It's astonishing, and a bit sad really, how prescient Real Life is.
The first of Brooks' analytical comedies is his funniest and most rigorous
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).
Mock-umentary predates reality shows, still funny.
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.
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.
20 years before reality tv, albert brooks destroyed the lives of a phoenix family in this hilarious mockumentary
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!"
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