Yuppie Daniel Miller is killed in a car accident and goes to Judgment City, a waiting room for the afterlife. During the day, he must prove in a courtroom-style process that he successfully overcame his fears (a hard task, given the pitiful life we are shown); at night, he falls in love with Julia, the only other young person in town. Nights are a time of hedonistic pleasure, since you can (for instance) eat all you want without getting fat.Written by
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Buck Henry, who plays Albert Brooks's substitute attorney, also appeared in Heaven Can Wait (1978). In both films, Henry's character is an afterlife functionary assisting the main character. In the earlier film, plays a guardian angel who removes Warren Beatty's soul from his body before an almost certainly fatal accident. In both films, the assistance proves botched: Henry's character in the latter film fails to mount a proper defense; in the earlier film, Henry's character removes Warren Beatty's soul from his body immediately before an almost certain fatal accident, not knowing that Beatty's character was actually supposed to survive. See more »
The book of Judgement City on the coffee table has a picture on downtown Denver, Colorado on the cover. See more »
I was driving to work this morning thinking I will be here, in 2 months, it'll be 10 years. And you're like my real family. Isn't that tragic.
I got a call from my mother this morning, she wished me a happy birthday, and hinted around the fact that I wasn't making enough money. If you can call "are ya still making the same salary, honey" a hint. And my ex-wife used to say the same thing, although she never used the name "honey".
So, maybe in three years I can ...
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A wonderful comedy-fantasy that has all the wit of a good Woody Allen movie combined with genuine sweetness and good-naturedness. It's one of those rare films that achieve profundity without pushing for it; here it is done with the help of the clever structure. Albert Brooks delivers some great one-liners and wins the audience's affection easily, while Meryl Streep is atypically unaffected and Lee Grant is excellent in her supporting role. And who could ask for a better ending? (***)
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