in about 100 words or less
US 99m, Colour
Director: Albert Brooks; Albert Brooks, Charles Grodin, Frances Lee McCain, J. A. Preston, Matthew Tobin
Real Life is a hilarious deadpan-styled comedy about the making of an experimental documentary film that is based on the 1973 reality television program “An American Family”. Playing himself, as an egocentric filmmaker, Brook’s follows the Yeager family’s every move, and gets more than he bargained for when Mrs. Yeager develops romantic feelings for him. When things don’t go according to plan, he attempts to manipulate their situation to make the film more interesting. A delightfully ridiculous concept, Real Life helped establish the modern mockumentary genre (Klaus Ming June 2015).