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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 ... 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Real Life See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$364,642

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$364,642
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the reasons Albert Brooks wanted to cast Charles Grodin as the father was because of Grodin's work on Candid Camera (1972). Brooks felt that Grodin would look like he wasn't acting, because on the TV show he had to fool ordinary people into believing that he wasn't acting. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Something's Gotta Give
Written by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Albert Brooks
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A Brilliant First Feature!
17 February 2000 | by epp678See all my reviews

Any Albert Brooks fan who has not seen his first glorious feature is truly missing out. As anyone can attest, Brooks has the rare gift of turning ordinary human moments into riotously funny scenes, and this film is full of such moments, plus much more subversive material, like the way Grodin's character repeatedly comes perilously close to committing a felony against his family.

Perhaps the greatest joke of all is that while the character "Albert Brooks" continuously states how he is documenting real life, we all know that this is really a star vehicle for him. He is more concerned with how much everything costs, like the head-held cameras (for those who haven't seen it, imagine the result of torrid affair between Dave Bowman and the Hal-9000). This film, more that anything, is a satirical take on how Hollywood subverts what is really "real life," all this coming from a director with as great a grasp on how humans relate to one another than anyone.


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