Defending Your Life Movie Review Summary

Actors: Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Michael Durrell, Lee Grant, Rip Torn, Buck Henry, Shirley Maclaine

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The title characters are in a heaven-like place after they died on Earth. Each character is judged based upon how they dealt with fear. The protagonist falls in love and makes a choice to overcome his fear at the end.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Thomas

Albert Brooks wrote, directed, and starred in this thoughtful 1991 comedy about yuppie Daniel Miller, who is killed in a car crash and finds himself in Judgment City, a sparkling waiting area before the true afterlife. Basically, in order to "move on" in the process, everyone goes to court during the day to try to prove he overcame his fears and faced life with courage, otherwise he risks getting sent back to Earth to do it again (many times, if necessary). While defending his life, Daniel meets and falls in love with fellow defendant Julie (Streep), a comely lass who has much better accommodations and appears to have a better shot at getting to the next level. Nights, the temporary residents of Judgment City indulge in hedonistic pleasures, like eating as much as they like without gaining any weight. Though an intriguing concept, the film is only pleasantly diverting, not tremendously funny or thought-provoking.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Script Analysis of Defending Your Life

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Comedy or Parody about    -   religious comedy

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   California Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   explicit references to deaths Any profanity?    -   None    -   Occasional swearing

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