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Defending Your Life

  PG Closed Captioning

Albert Brooks

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Plot Summary

A romantic comedy about an ad executive who dies in a car collision and finds himself in Judgment City, defending his life before a celestial court. When he falls in love with a fellow candidate, his interest in staying in heaven changes.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 28
  • Fresh: 27
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This is definitely Brooks's day in court, and he makes comic heaven of it. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Nov 18, 2002

Fresh: The movie is funny in a warm, fuzzy way, and it has a splendidly satisfactory ending. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Something we all forget...

This movie is an inspiring and happy movie about what it means to lead a triumphant life. I'm once again reminded it's one of the best movies I've ever seen.


This movie is really hilarious but it also has some interesting ideas about what happens after you die that are different from the normal ones.

Classic must see romantic comedy with brains

Albert Brooks's best movie, in my opinion. The writing is fresh, funny and ageless. Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep and Rip Torn are at the top of their game and appear to be having as much fun as I did watching this. The movie is lighthearted yet touching and at times a little sad. The story line is very original and intelligent. Brooks's wit is clever and surprising; some of the jokes and situations you will never see in any other movie. I have watched this show over and over through the years and I have memorized a few of the lines just because they make me laugh. Thought provoking but not overbearingly cerebral. Absolutely a classic, must watch film. By the way, whoever wrote the intro for itunes must not have watched the movie.

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Defending Your Life
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2001

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