Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep star in a life-after-death court comedy which works on a smile and snicker intellectual level rather than belly laughs which comes from physical comedy.
Brooks learns after death that he must defend his life to determine if he can go on and join the Universe or go back and live another life in an attempt to qualify to become acceptable in afterlife. He is told seven days of this life will be reviewed, fifteen days of a pornography dealer are to be reviewed and pure Meryl Streep only has to sustain a review of four days of her life. Streep is a top candidate to move on, She adopted children and saved them and their cat during a fire. Brooks' future is questionable. He is defended by Rip Torn and prosecuted by The Dragon Lady. played by Lee Grant,. The prosecution contends he was always fearful in life and never took a chance to get what he wanted,
The new arrivals are referred to as "little brains" by the permanent residents of Judgement City. They refer to the idea that live people use three to five percent of their brain while the upper mobile afterlife crowd use about fifty percent of theirs. Brooks uses quiet humor, a very comical performance by Torn, who usually plays very serious roles, and a warm and silly Meryl Streep, Together they have produced an enjoyable and pleasant diversion from reality.
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