Defending Your Life

Synopsis: Yuppie Daniel Miller is killed in a car accident and goes to Judgment City, a waiting room for the afterlife. During the day, he must prove in a courtroom-style process that he successfully overcame his fears (a hard task, given the pitiful life we are shown); at night, he falls in love with Julia, the only other young person in town. Nights are a time of hedonistic pleasure, since you can (for instance) eat all you want without getting fat.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): Albert Brooks
Production: Warner Home Video
  5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min
1,801 Views'll feel wonderful and raring to go.

You'll find many activities to enjoy

in Judgment City.

How many like to play golf?

You won't be able to get

your hands up yet...

...but we have

three championship golf courses.

Sit back and have fun.

You'll be here for five days

and we want you to enjoy yourselves.

Those staying at the Continental Hotel

will be escorted from the tram.

The rest of us will depart momentarily.

Thank you.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome.

My name is Stan.

Because of what you've been through,

you'll want to go fast asleep.

You're already checked in.

Nothing to worry about tonight.

Everything will be explained tomorrow.

Have a good rest.

If you have any questions, I'm here to help.

Thank you.

Excuse me, sir.

Mr. Miller, this is your room.

Make yourself at home.

I'll be right back.

All the clothing you'll need for the time

you're here is in this closet.

We call these tupas.

They're like caftans. They fit everyone.

Would you like to shower,

or are you too tired?

Too tired?

I understand. There are five channels

of programming on the television.

Channel 3 tells you about Judgment City.

Have a wonderful night's sleep.

If I can do anything, I'm at your service.

I'd be surprised if there's anything in there,

but I appreciate the attempt.

Sleep well.

Good morning, Alan.

Good morning, Philip.

Glad you could make it, Leonard.

-Good morning, Susan.

-Good morning, Mr. Diamond.

-Who's prosecuting?

-Lena Foster.

She'll have a field day with this.

She lost last Thursday.


There is a God.

Okay, call him up, please.

-Hold on for Bob Diamond, please.



Diamond here. How are you? Good sleep?


-Amazing, isn't it?

Listen, you're going to get up, shower,

put on those nice clothes...

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Albert Brooks

Albert Lawrence Brooks (born Einstein; July 22, 1947) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for 1987's Broadcast News and was widely praised for his performance in the 2011 film Drive. His voice acting credits include Marlin in Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016), and recurring guest voices for The Simpsons, including Russ Cargill in The Simpsons Movie (2007). He has directed, written, and starred in several comedy films, such as Modern Romance (1981), Lost in America (1985), and Defending Your Life (1991). He is also the author of 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America (2011). more…

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