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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:

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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$364,642

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$364,642
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Albert Brooks: The operation was over at 11:45, well ahead of schedule.
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An experiment gone crazy...
17 March 2007 | by buzznzipp1995See all my reviews

Local 'madness' in an Arizona small, one horse town. Based on a show shot in Santa Barbara California in 73' a first reality show, that went horribly wrong! It was a hit, but the family was never the same. This is an off the cuff answer to that first reality show, that I believe may have gone lost in translation.

Sure this starts out interesting and goes right along, showing a small Arizona Phoenix as the place where the real family will be followed by a camera and crew, in the home, in their lives and all over the place. It seems at times so depressing and so real in parts... that it hurts just watching. That's not bad when it seems that it is real. Brooks has a creative and wild mind. With it all some how he can lose people in his presentation. It isn't that he is not talented, he just sees things through a different ' lens ' than most average do.

If more people had been informed of why and how the movie came about, I think it would have done better at the theater. Albert Brooks is an entertaining creative craftsman and his work and acting shows to those who can follow what he is about.

I recommend this movie for it's madness and reality type-lore but the fun part is seeing the Arizona from the seventies and how different it is today. Brooks will always be good at his job I believe, but you have to understand the mind from which it comes. (***)


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