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Real Life (1979)

PG | | Comedy | 23 March 1979 (USA)
A film crew sets out to record a year in the life of an average family, but things quickly start going wrong.

Director:

Albert Brooks

Writers:

Monica Mcgowan Johnson (as Monica Johnson), Harry Shearer | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Haynes ... Councilman Edmund Harris
Albert Brooks ... Albert Brooks
Matthew Tobin Matthew Tobin ... Dr. Howard Hill
J.A. Preston ... Dr. Ted Cleary
Mort Lindsey Mort Lindsey ... Mort Lindsey
Joseph Schaffler Joseph Schaffler ... Paul Lowell - Realtor
Phyllis Quinn Phyllis Quinn ... Donna Stanley - Gift Shop Owner
James Ritz James Ritz ... Jack from Cincinnati
Clifford Einstein Clifford Einstein ... Role Reversal Family Father
Harold Einstein Harold Einstein ... Role Reversal Family Son
Mandy Einstein Mandy Einstein ... Role Reversal Family Mother
Karen Einstein Karen Einstein ... Role Reversal Family Daughter
James L. Brooks ... Driving Evaluator
Zeke Manners Zeke Manners ... Driver in Evaluation
Charles Grodin ... Warren Yeager DVM
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Storyline

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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An American Comedy

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida Como Ela É See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Albert Brooks was under a great deal of pressure to finish the film on-budget, because he would have been personally responsible for any extra costs. During one particularly difficult filming day, he sat feeling totally dejected. Charles Grodin walked up to him and said, "I have to leave at 4." This totally ridiculous request was sufficient to cheer Brooks up. See more »

Quotes

Martin Brand: [on speakerphone] Albert, may I interrupt for one minute please? People aren't gonna walk out of a theater saying, "I don't like that guy... that guy that holds the cup with one hand, with two hands ... "
Albert Brooks: Absolutely.
Martin Brand: I'll tell you what they DO have a good chance of saying: "Where the hell is Paul Newman? Where's Redford? Where's Nicholson?" Believe me they prefer Nicholson with the cup than the cup with the other guy.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits finishes with a barcode for Alka-Seltzer See more »


Soundtracks

Something's Gotta Give
Written by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Albert Brooks
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YOU spend the winter in Wisconsin!
4 January 2006 | by kustom135See all my reviews

In _Real Life_, Albert Brooks makes fun of just about anything: the movie industry, the 'nuclear family', intellectuals, horse owners, furniture refinishing, urine testing, technology, Wisconsin ...

This film is a gem. Every character is played so transparently that someone could be fooled into thinking Charles Grodin really is a disoriented and bumbling father and husband. Albert Brooks plays 'himself' to the point where he must have needed therapy after making this film.

Vanity projects are usually tedious. This turns the 'vanity' genre (yeah, there is one!) on its ear. And it's probably one of the most 'American' films I've ever seen. Great stuff!


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