Overall Rank: 2877
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 59
Theatrical Release Date: 03/22/1991
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 03/30/2021
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Albert Brooks
Actors: Albert Brooks, Michael Durrell, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, James Eckhouse, Gary Beach
Plot: When you die, you go to Judgment City, the gateway to the afterlife. Here you spend the days "defending" certain events in your life during a courtroom-style proceeding. At night you are free to enjoy the posh accommodations.
Daniel Miller (Brooks) finds himself in Judgment City after he is hit by a car. While reviewing his life before a tough panel of judges with the assistance of a less-than-helpful defense attorney, he meets and falls in love with Julia (Streep).
Daniel must prove he has overcome is fear of living in order to be allowed to be with Julia in the afterlife. -- serioussir
Quick Movie Reviews
Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/16/2012
An interesting view of the afterlife where your entire life is put on trial and you have to defend your mistakes - and either you get to ascend or you get sent back to try again. I love the restaurant scene, past lives pavilion and the overall sense of warmth the film brings out. Light but entertaining fun.
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 03/09/2012
One of the very first film's I have viewed from the director, which was on a local channel. An executive, Daniel Miller (Albert Brooks), passes away and has a defense Atty. Bob Diamond (Rip Torn). Daniel falls for an amiable Julia (Meryl Streep). A wonderful look at his veriosn of Earth and Purgatory with humor instilled. The premise and screenplay was enlightening and funny at the same time. You'll be amazed how a symbolism of an escalator will be after viewing this though provoking comedy, Defending Your Life delivers.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 03/09/2012
Channeling a less neurotic Woody Allen, Brooks delivers a sharply written, subtly funny, and moving piece of life comedy. The ending itself is incredibly satisfying and Brooks and Streep share realistic and genuine chemistry on screen. I also liked Rip Torn's supporting role as Brooks' good-natured defender.
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