Capitol Arts Center
DEFENDING YOUR LIFE (1991)
Directed by Albert Brooks
Starring Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, and Rip Torn
“The best American comedy in years” —NPR’s Bob Mondello
Daniel Miller was tooling along a Los Angeles boulevard listening to Barbara Streisand sing “Something’s Coming” when something came—a bus. One head-on crash later, Daniel wakes up in Judgment City, a waiting area for the newly deceased. And finds his troubles are just beginning. Academy Award winner Meryl Streep joins Academy Award nominee Albert Brooks for a witty peek at the afterlife, where you can eat all you want and not gain an ounce. But there’s a catch: you’re saddled with Defending Your Life. If you can’t make a case for having lived a full and fearless one, you must go back to Earth and try again. Daniel’s life was far from fearless. But after he meets the remarkable Julia (Streep) he’s determined not to go back… despite what appears inevitable.