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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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Comedy

Certificate:

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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 »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. 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 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Something's Gotta Give
Written by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Albert Brooks
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Foreshadows "Survivor", "Big Brother"
10 December 2000 | by paul2001See all my reviews

This is, of course, a very funny film (it's Albert Brooks, after all). But it also shows the quantum uncertainty in "reality" television. By attempting to observe the experiment, the experiment is altered.

Albert Brooks and his film crew follow the hapless family in "Real Life", dressed in bizarre helmet-cams. Charles Grodin, his wife and children can't help but be constantly aware that cameras are present, and this leads to all sorts of atypical behaviour.

I mention CBS' reality shows in my summary because I remember seeing one of the Survivor contestants on "Politically Incorrect" claim that after a short while they forgot the cameras were on the island with them. What she couldn't grasp -- but Albert Brooks does -- was that while the cameras weren't foremost in their minds all the time, you can't help but be influenced by the peripheral knowledge that a big Betacam camera and mike boom are just a few feet from your so-called "reality".


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