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‘Defending Your Life’ at 25: Albert Brooks on Making a Comedy Classic

 

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By Jennifer Wood

The funniest man alive on his heavenly film’s 25th anniversary: “I got a letter from a parent who said their kid memorized the whole movie”

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If heaven exists, what would it look like?

It’s one of life’s big questions, and if you believe what you see in the movies, it’s a place full of white fluffy clouds and friendly angels pining for their life back on our Big Blue Marble. But that’s not how Albert Brooks sees it.

Twenty-five years ago — and less than a year after Ghost stormed the box office — Brooks wrote, directed, and starred in Defending Your Life, the story of an ad man who buys himself a Bimmer for his 40th birthday, then promptly drives it into a bus. The bulk of the movie happens in a place called Judgment City, a pleasant enough pit stop for the dearly departed that operates a lot like a Fortune 500 company. Continue reading