Real Life
Real Life (1979)

This film is a poker-faced cinema-verite satire of the PBS series An American Family. The film blurs the line between fantasy and reality in its portrayal of a comedian named Albert Brooks who is making his first film, a documentary… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 2, 1979
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Brooks is at his most droll.

Josh Larsen

It's astonishing, and a bit sad really, how prescient Real Life is.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though amusing in spots, it goes too far with its one-note joke until it becomes abrasive.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Albert Brooks's first and funniest feature.

Fernando F. Croce

The first of Brooks' analytical comedies is his funniest and most rigorous

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Christopher Null

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).

Richard von Busack
Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA)

Real Life is a jewel of American comedy and one of the first mockumentaries ever made.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Mock-umentary predates reality shows, still funny.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
20 years before reality tv, albert brooks destroyed the lives of a phoenix family in this hilarious mockumentary
Christopher Brown
Albert Brooks can just look into the camera and I crack up. Here he is at his best, doing a reality show (far ahead of it's time) on Charles Grodin's… More
Alec Barniskis
The film's merits extend way beyond it's (probably accidental) prophetic vision of what reality television is today as it's also one of the most… More
Leo L
Absolutely great!