Real Life
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Albert Brooks made his feature-length debut as a writer and director with this wickedly funny satire, in which Albert Brooks plays "Albert Brooks," an arrogant and self-centered comedian who has decided to make a documentary film. Following the lead of the infamous pre-Real World PBS series An American Family (in which a "typical" family was filmed during most of their waking hours and eventually self-destructed on camera), Brooks moves in with the Yeager family of Phoenix, Arizona and chronicles their lives, with the support of a battery of psychiatrists and sociologists.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mr. Brooks is at his most droll."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Albert Brooks is so deft at showing how filmmaking distorts the very reality it aims to record honestly that it's hard to watch family documentaries anymore without thinking about Real Life."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Mock-umentary predates reality shows, still funny."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Real Life is funy in spots but is remarkable mostly for its Socratic open-endedness."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Albert Brooks's first and funniest feature."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Though amusing in spots, it goes too far with its one-note joke until it becomes abrasive."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Albert Brooks just before he became great."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"Brooks's directorial debut is also one of his best movies, largely due to the funny man's trademark multitasking as writer, actor and helmer."
‑ , Film4
"The first of Brooks' analytical comedies is his funniest and most rigorous"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Brooks messes with the genre from the start, spouting pseudoscience about how the filmmakers found their test subjects (led by a spot-on Charles Grodin)."
‑ Christopher Null,
"A great, underrated, lost gem of a film that accurately predicted and lampooned reality television long before it ever came to be."
‑ Larry Carroll,
"There's a little bit of genuine prescience, inspiration, and intelligence coursing through its veins, but mostly that smattering of each just makes you crave more."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
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