Defending Your Life Movie Review 1991

Information and Film Reviews for Defending Your Life the Movie

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Brooks' cock-eyed way of looking at the world travels to the afterlife in this uneven comedy/romance. In Judgment City, where everyone goes after death, past lives are examined and judged. If you were a good enough person you get to stay in heaven (where you wear funny robes and eat all you want without getting fat). If not, it's back to earth for another go-round. Brooks plays an L.A. advertising executive who crashes his new BMW and finds himself defending his life. When he meets and falls in love with Streep, his interest in staying in heaven multiplies. Occasionally charming, seldom out-right hilarious.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 112 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Comedy, Heaven Sent, Death & the Afterlife, Angels
Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Lee Grant, Buck Henry, George D. Wallace, Lillian Lehman, Peter Schuck, Susan Walters
Allen Daviau
Albert Brooks
Michael Gore
Geffen Pictures

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