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Defending Your Life
The first true story of what happens after you die.
In an afterlife resembling the present-day US, people must prove their worth by showing in court how they have demonstrated courage.
Man I would lose my trial soooo hard.
From REAL LIFE through at least this film, Albert Brooks' movies depict a kind of post-Altamont fallout in which the Boomer ethos takes hold but only corrupts the status quo instead of overthrowing it. Me Generation solipsism births REAL LIFE's capitalistic and fame-seeking selling of the self for air-time. MODERN ROMANCE attempts to work out its titular concept by scrutinizing how that same narcissism and a social awareness informed by simple-minded emotional utopias sold on TV affects the unpredictability and demands of a relationship. LOST IN AMERICA flat-out rewrites Boomer touchstone EASY RIDER from a symbol of generational promise to the final word on its failure to launch.
DEFENDING YOUR LIFE suggests that even the afterlife isn't safe from Boomer-fication.…
My favourite depiction of the afterlife, as a rather drab bureaucratic place of sensual delight mingled with baffling lack of pertinent detail. It's a secular person's dream! Brooks and Streep are at their best; their romance is unfussy, cleverly played, and deeply affecting. With every year that passes, Brooks' work looks better and better.
Why do I waste so much time watching bad movies when things like this exist?
Directed by, written by, produced by, marketed by, starring and presumably watched by Albert Brooks (he’s a busy man), Defending Your Life is a sweet, light-hearted comedy that doesn’t outstay its welcome too much but lacks both the laughs and the emotional pull to really make the most of its fantastic concept.
Brooks (Drive) plays Daniel Miller, a man who wakes up in Heaven’s “waiting area” after being killed in a car accident on his 40th birthday. Initially bemused by his surroundings, Daniel discovers that he must “defend” his life in order…
I really should hate this movie. It's a high concept comedy, shot in an unremarkable style, designed as a showcase for one man's comedic sensibilities, that turns poignant at the end. I just described every single Adam Sandler or Kevin James film. But this is an Albert Brooks film. Rather than using a mere 3% of its brain, this film uses the whole damn thing. It's funny, it's thoughtful and it's also rather romantic. We shouldn't buy how quickly Meryl Streep falls for Brooks, but thanks to their performances and the filmmaking, we get it. We are in love too. This film shouldn't work, but it does! It leaves me with all sorts of warm, optimistic, hopeful feelings. It makes the fear go away.
Cheesy and sentimental, but makes up for it by being hilarious and original.
Watching this movie was a very strange experience because part of its ideology synced up near-perfectly with my childhood beliefs ("we're going to watch video clips from your life and judge you based on them"), though I personally thought I'd be judged by how much profanity I used and not whether I demonstrated fear (I grew up very, very Catholic, okay?).
Besides some plot holes at the end this is incredibly well-written and refreshingly philosophical. Brooks' comedy doesn't always land for me but when it does it's pretty hilarious. While the film's sense of tranquility may be purposeful to the story's environment it sometimes feels a bit too calm and collected, diminishing the weight of the stakes as a result.…
Good Albert Brooks comedy, though reminiscent of several earlier comedies, most notably Heaven Can Wait.
Interesting portrayal of Heaven as Disneyland.
Not quite as sharp as some of his other work; there's a lot of inherent goopiness that goes along with the premise. I like the idea though of being judged on your life based on what fears held you back rather than some inherent moral good. Streep is luminous of course but also playing a character so absurdly angelic that her love story with Brooks can be difficult to buy. Still as depictions of the afterlife go, it's enjoyable, witty fun.
Concept: 5/5 Stars
Saccharine Levels: ONE-MILLION GALAXIES
Cheesy and unfunny
Pretty great that Albert Brooks made a two hour philosophical comedy just so he could kiss Meryl Streep.
Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…
From his book Essential Cinema.
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