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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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Customer Reviews

How to Live Forever

Life extension could be a depressing or overly academic topic for a documentary, but Mark Wexler's HOW TO LIVE FOREVER is a quirkily, personal journey that I enjoyed immensely. A bit of science, a bit of sociology, but mostly a collection of fascinating inspiring characters from around the world. I especially enjoyed Buster, the guy with the beer on the cover. He's over 100, still working, still alive and involved in the world. I strongly recommend this film for triggering discussions among family and friends of all ages--how do we want to face the inevitable end of things? The film suggests the answer is: stay connected to what you care about, and keep your sense of humor.

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great doc

What a great film. I really enjoyed Wexler's last doc "Tell Them Who You Are" and this one has the same wit, bringing a light touch to a heavy subject. It's not easy to present such an informed exploration of death and aging, and still make such a watchable film. By interweaving lots of interesting and quirky characters with his own personal angst about his own aging body, Wexler asks all the right questions. Questions we all want answers to. The film demonstrates a balance so hard to achieve in documentary: Very informative on an important and serious subject, and all the while, purely enjoyable to watch.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2009

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