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232 Ratings

Real Life

Directed by Albert Brooks
United States, 1979


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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Real Life Directed by Albert Brooks

Critics reviews

Charles Grodin brilliantly plays the animal doctor at the head of this family, and Brooks is so skillful at juggling all the mannerisms of pseudo-documentary and all the specious claims of pop psychology that his periodic and compulsive regressions to old-time show business – whether it’s the big-time pop vocal in the opening sequence or the conflagration inspired by Gone with the Wind at the end – manage to be both welcome and ludicrous.
September 01, 2009
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The parodical template is the domestic ethnography of PBS’s An American Family series, Albert Brooks comes to it equipped with Martian helmet-cameras and loads and loads of self-absorbed abrasion… The first of Brooks’ analytical comedies is his funniest and most rigorous, built with subtle whiffs of Kubrick and anchored by the awareness of every moment being recorded and watched.
July 09, 2006
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