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Defending Your Life- A Movie Review

In Movies on August 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm


Defending Your Life 1991 c

Albert Brooks plays Daniel,an advertising executive who dies in a car accident and finds himself in Judgement City, where he will face a tribunal that examines his life in order to determine whether he is to be sent back to earth or ‘moved forward’. His defender tells him that a large part of a humans’ life is devoted to dealing with fear and those who overcome their fears grow smarter and move forward.

Judgement City appears as a Earth-style town with many tourist attractions, and the wonderful advantage of great food and no limit to what you can eat without any weight gain! Nice!

While in Judgement City Daniel meets Julia (Meryl Streep). Julia is smart,caring and has a great sense of humour and will probably move forward, having lived with somewhat more courage than Daniel. Daniel and Julia spend time together in Judgement City and form a friendship that leads to love, even though they know they won’t end up in the same place after Judgement.

During the nine day examination of his life he is reminded of events where he may have let fear decide his actions. He realises Fear can shield us from harm but also hold us back from experiencing the good things in life.

Defending Your Life has an interesting and maybe a little confronting message concerning how we live our lives and what happens in the ‘afterlife’. This material dealt with humour and it is basically a lighthearted movie, though it does contain a low level amount adult themes and language, but not so much compared to what is usually on t.v today! Overall, a pleasant movie, especially for Streep and Brooks fans.


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