Defending Your Life
Director: Albert Brooks
Producer: Michael Grillo
Screenwriter: Albert Brooks
Stars: Albert Brooks, Rip Torn, Meryl Streep
MPAA Rating: PG
Year of Release: 1991
Released on Video: 01/01/92
Daniel is a yuppie who died in a car accident
and is awaiting the determination of his fate in Judgment
City, a sort-of waiting room resort for the afterlife. While
having the most minute details of his life examined court-room
style to see whether he overcame his fears and made the most
of his life, he falls in love with the only other young person
in the city, Julie. While she looks certain to move on up
to “Citizen of the Universe” status, Daniel’s
apparently pitiful life appears to spell another trip back
to life on earth for him.
Watch Daniel after a life time of giving in
to his fears, at the end of the film facing his fear and pursuing
what he really wants, his new-found love Julie.
- Can you remember one situation in your life when you faced
a fear you had and pursued something you were afraid of anyway?
- Are you willing to try this again, starting with something
small and manageable.
- Can you see Daniel as
a model during the last part of the movie and can you find the strength, courage, and determination
inside yourself to “feel your fear and do it anyway”?