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Real Life (1979)

PG | | Comedy | 23 March 1979 (USA)
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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Councilman Harris
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Matthew Tobin ...
Dr. Howard Hill
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Dr. Ted Cleary
Mort Lindsey ...
Mort Lindsey
Joseph Schaffler ...
Paul Lowell
Phyllis Quinn ...
Donna Stanley
James Ritz ...
Jack from Cincinnati
Clifford Einstein ...
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Harry Einstein ...
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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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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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Charles H. Reid, who plays the assistant surgeon, was a real veterinarian who provided the horse that appears in the film. See more »

Quotes

Albert Brooks: Our research was so thorough the computers actually coughed up two perfect families. If I were a liar, I could tell you that we chose one over the other for complicated psychological reasons. But I'm a comedian, not a liar. I can afford the luxury of honesty. The Feltons lived in Wisconsin; the Yeagers lived in Arizona. YOU spend the winter in Wisconsin...
[Albert and the researchers all laugh]
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The end credits finishes with a barcode for Alka-Seltzer See more »

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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Something's Gotta Give
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An experiment gone crazy...
17 March 2007 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Local 'madness' in an Arizona small, one horse town. Based on a show shot in Santa Barbara California in 73' a first reality show, that went horribly wrong! It was a hit, but the family was never the same. This is an off the cuff answer to that first reality show, that I believe may have gone lost in translation.

Sure this starts out interesting and goes right along, showing a small Arizona Phoenix as the place where the real family will be followed by a camera and crew, in the home, in their lives and all over the place. It seems at times so depressing and so real in parts... that it hurts just watching. That's not bad when it seems that it is real. Brooks has a creative and wild mind. With it all some how he can lose people in his presentation. It isn't that he is not talented, he just sees things through a different ' lens ' than most average do.

If more people had been informed of why and how the movie came about, I think it would have done better at the theater. Albert Brooks is an entertaining creative craftsman and his work and acting shows to those who can follow what he is about.

I recommend this movie for it's madness and reality type-lore but the fun part is seeing the Arizona from the seventies and how different it is today. Brooks will always be good at his job I believe, but you have to understand the mind from which it comes. (***)


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