An account of what happens to a typical American family when a film crew moves in with them to record “real life.” Brooks heads up the crew that invades a Phoenix household with disastrous and hysterical results.
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Ironically, this movie is quite ahed of its time, 19 years before The Truman Show, and 20 before the first Big Brother television episode would mark the reality TV craze. I say ironically because this is the story of a failure. And we all know that reality TV was a tremendous, horrific sucesss. We wouldn't have producers calling off the project. Brooks was probably guessing a tendency, whishing its faillure. Well...
The Woody Allen of the West Coast, Albert Brooks' first film is also a brilliant one. Prescient, incisive, acidic, Real Life's values go beyond the reality TV angle, as it also takes a stab at fame, sociological myths and the very nature of Hollywood. Plus, its ending should absolutely be replicated by the Kardashians.