Have you ever seen Defending Your Life? It’s one of those great little movies that didn’t do so well at the box office and then disappears from most peoples’ consciousness, but I just watched it on NetFlix and was reminded of how great it is.
Albert Brooks gets hit by a bus (on his birthday) and is sent to a kind of purgatory, where he is put on trial to determine if he is worthy of ascending to the next plane of existence, or if he will be reincarnated so he can try again. Rip Torn as his not-so-dedicated defense attorney is brilliant. Just imagine him saying the words “Big Bear.”
Hilarious and charming, despite the presence of Meryl Streep, whom I normally can’t stand.