Real Life

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Released 1979

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Director:
Albert Brooks
Released:
1979
Rating:
PG
Real Life is a comedy released in 1979, cowritten and directed by Albert Brooks. The film is a spoof of a popular PBS reality series about an American family. Albert Brooks, as himself, is making a documentary about an average family in Phoenix. Brooks assures the family that he will portray them as they are, and that the filming and cameramen will be totally unnoticeable. Arriving for filming the first day, things quickly go another way. The camera men use cameras that look like space helmets and double the size of their heads. Instead of staying in the background and letting events flow naturally Brooks puts himself in charge by orchestrating and controlling every aspect of the family's lives. Warren Yeager (Charles Grodin) is the patriarch of the family. His wife Jeannette (Frances Lee McCain) is a stay at home mom who eventually becomes romantically attracted to Brooks. Comedic tragedies happen causing the Yeager family to quit speaking to each other. Brooks goes to any length to keep the "documentary" afloat.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    The ending of Real Life is the most uproarious of a good many inspired moments.

  • 63

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    Brooks' bravery is spiriting; in his debut he has written an unlikeable character doing unlikeable things to likeable people. One wishes his talent as a director matched his chutzp...

  • 25

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    An idea is not enough for a movie. Characters have to be developed, comic situations have to be set up before they can pay off and the story should have a conclusion instead of a d...

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