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".
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In the first production meeting scene, producer Martin Brand rattles off some possible big-name stars that could be recruited to star in the reality movie: "Where the hell's Paul Newman
? Where's [Robert Redford
]? Where's [Jack Nicholson
]? . . . " He then suggests that the movie would make more money with Neil Diamond
as the "star". A producer actually suggested Diamond for the Travis Bickle role in Taxi Driver
(1976) (in which Albert Brooks
had a supporting role). See more
During the time they stayed here, the 210 families underwent more than 145 separate tests, totaling more than 2,500 test hours. If these tests could be converted into eggs, it would be enough to feed a city the size of Saint Louis for more than two years, on a 2 egg person, per week basis. Sounds complicated? It was. And very expensive
The end credits finishes with a barcode for Alka-Seltzer See more
References The Ed Sullivan Show
Something's Gotta Give
Written by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Albert Brooks See more