How to Live Forever
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Director Mark Wexler embarks on a worldwide trek to investigate just what it means to grow old and what it could mean to really live forever. But whose advice should he take? Does 94-year-old exercise guru Jack LaLanne have all the answers, or does Buster, a 103-year-old chain-smoking, beer-drinking marathoner? What about futurist Ray Kurzweil, a laughter yoga expert, or an elder porn star? Wexler explores the viewpoints of delightfully unusual characters alongside those of health, fitness and life extension experts in this engaging new documentary, which challenges our notions of youth and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

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"A cheerfully rambling documentary that's much more thought-provoking than the sum of its parts."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Wexler gets tired of his own movie near the end of it. The viewer will get tired in 15 minutes."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"An expert documentary, a responsible yet lighthearted film about the absurd things that folks do in the face of death."
‑ Chris Faraone, Boston Phoenix
"This documentary on longevity is more jaunty than illuminating."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"We all know life is a crapshoot, but we want to hedge our bets. You could get a few good tips from watching this joyous celebration of the precious seconds we spend on the planet."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A hodgepodge of talking-head vignettes including authorities on aging and daft, wrinkly nursing-home residents whose dotage doesn't seem enviable."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Wexler, whose father is the brilliant cinematographer Haskell Wexler - still filming movies at 89 - wisely focuses on the personalities as well as the anomalies."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"I don't know "How to Live Forever," but I can say you're better off not wasting the time you have watching the documentary with that title."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Serving as a portal to personal reflection about aging and death, How To Life Forever is a highly relevant documentary with wide appeal. Read my full review."
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"Amusing and eye-opening...makes you think, even as it has you chuckling."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"A moderately ingratiating, none too probing and largely predictable essay on the way people fear and embrace their senior years."
‑ Adam Bernstein, Washington Post
"If someone could give you a pill that allowed you to live for 500 years, would you take it?"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The doc's presentation of its information-overload is scattershot and prosaic."
‑ Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine
"An entertaining and thought-provoking documentary that offers a global examination of longevity, centenarians, and the growing market for anti-aging products."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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