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Real Life Review


Albert Brooks' directorial debut is at once a glimpse of the odd, uneven work the filmmaker/actor would later produce and a sendup of reality TV, a genre which in 1979 barely even existed. The film is a mockumentary of the making of a mockumentary (whoa, meta), with Brooks deciding to emulate the success of An American Family, the first "reality" program, which tracked, well, an American family over their daily lives. But 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), then later fights with the studio who wants to see Paul Newman or James Caan play a housekeeper in the film-within-a-film. Some of these moments work, some are just Brooks hamming it up to the point of self-mockery. If only he'd waited another 25 years to make this movie, he might have had more to work with.


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Facts and Figures

Run time: 99 mins

In Theaters: Friday 23rd March 1979

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Production compaines: Paramount Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Fresh: 14 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 7.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

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Starring: as Albert Brooks, Dick Haynes as Councilman Harris, Joseph Schaffler as Paul Lowell, Phyllis Quinn as Donna Stanley, as Warren Yeager, as Jeannette Yeager

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