Saturday, November 10, 2007

No. 32 - Real Life

Long before reality TV, Albert Brooks wrote, directed and starred in this mock-documentary about a slick Hollywood filmmaker who moves in with a typical American family in suburban Arizona. Brooks simply wants to record the family in its day to day existence, but the presence of Brooks and camera operators disrupts the family's routine, with hilarious results.

Brooks, who initially attained fame as a stand-up comic, made a series of short films for Saturday Night Live before graduating to features with Real Life. The mock-documentary approach would be often imitated, and Brooks' comic persona first took shape in this film. He would play a variation on this neurotic character in subsequent films like Modern Romance and Lost in America.

However, Real Life is stolen by Charles Grodin, who plays the put-upon family man perfectly.

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