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Real Life (1979)

 -  Comedy  -  23 March 1979 (USA)
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A pushy, narcissistic filmmaker persuades a Phoenix family to let him and his crew film their everyday lives, in the manner of the ground-breaking PBS series "An American Family". However, ... See full summary »

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Dr. Howard Hill
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Dr. Ted Cleary
Joseph Schaffler ...
Paul Lowell
Phyllis Quinn ...
Donna Stanley
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Jack from Cincinnati
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Mandy Einstein ...
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Karen Einstein ...
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Driving Evaluator
Zeke Manners ...
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Warren Yeager
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Jeannette Yeager
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A pushy, narcissistic filmmaker persuades a Phoenix family to let him and his crew film their everyday lives, in the manner of the ground-breaking PBS series "An American Family". However, instead of remaining unobtrusive and letting the family be themselves, he can't keep himself from trying to control every facet of their lives "for the good of the show". Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The role-reversal father is credited as Harry Parke, Albert Brooks' own father's name, but the actor playing the part is Bob Einstein, Brooks' brother. See more »

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Albert Brooks: I don't remember a time in my whole life when I haven't been close to complete personality disintegration! And how the hell would you know what these people are feeling anyway? From your Mickey Mouse tests?
Dr. Hayward: Don't blame the tests for what they tell us.
Albert Brooks: Oh, I don't blame them. They're great! Why don't we do more, huh? More tests! I bet you'd like that, wouldn't you, Nolan? Want to get that cup again? Come on, we'll get you lots of cups! Maybe a hundred cups! I'll tell you something about you ...
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Something's Gotta Give
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Real Life Is The Most Underrated movie ever!
3 February 1999 | by (Ellensburg, WA) – See all my reviews

I think what most filmmakers say when they watch a great film is "I wish I made that movie". This is one of those movies. Not only is this a comedy classic, I would say that this movie is ground breaking. And way ahead of its time. Albert Brooks, proves that he is one of the funniest comedians ever, and in my opinion one of the best actors on the screen. And the ending is simply brilliant, and at the same time "Hilarious". I would like to tell you more, "But I don't have the time, or the cord!"


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