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How to Live Forever

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Mark Wexler

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About the Movie

A cell lives an average of 5 minutes. A hummingbird for 5 years. Right now, humans live for about 75 years. What might it mean to live forever? Director Mark Wexler embarks on a worldwide trek to investigate just what it means to grow old and what it could mean to really live forever. HOW TO LIVE FOREVER documents his journey as he seeks to learn if eternal life is possible or even desirable. Exploring these issues with a fascinating array of people—from futurist Ray Kurzweil to comedian Phyllis Diller to a 101-year-old chain-smoking marathon runner—Wexler presents a riveting series of stories and insights about youth, aging and longevity. Begun as a study in life-extension, How To Live Forever evolves into a thought-provoking, often comically poignant, examination of what truly gives life meaning.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 21
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It may sag a bit in places, but Mr. Wexler's film about aging and what it means to grow old is remarkably spry and lighthearted. – Rachel Saltz, New York Times, May 12, 2011

Fresh: The prospects, advisability and potential methods of prolonging human life are examined in an engagingly multifaceted manner in How to Live Forever. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Apr 28, 2011

Rotten: The film's primary message is of a painfully obvious sort. – Nick Schager, Village Voice, May 11, 2011

Rotten: Wexler gets tired of his own movie near the end of it. The viewer will get tired in 15 minutes. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 7, 2011

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Educational, Inspirational....and Funny!

I wasn't sure what to expect from this film, but was delighted that it hit home on so many levels. For a generation contemplating our own mortality, the title certainly is a hook.

But this is no dry doco, or how-to. Instead, director Wexler takes us through a quixotic assortment of folks who have beaten the clock in one way or the other, and shares their personal stories, and the universal truths they contain. With a journalist's instinct, Wexler tracks down a delightful assortment of elder statesmen, from the indefatigable Jack LaLanne, to a beer guzzling, cigarette-smoking, marathon-running centenarian (my personal hero).

Along the way, you sense that the filmmaker is very concerned with his own mortality, but never loses the sense of irony that makes this movie so watchable (I almost never watch a film more than once, and I'm on my third viewing) and never descends into sentimentality or easy answers.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2009

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