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MOVIE REVIEW: How To Live Forever

A documentary dealing with aging

  • Mark Wexler in "How to Live Forever."
  • (L-R) Jack LaLanne and Mark Wexler in "How to Live Forever."
  • A scene from "How to Live Forever."
  • A scene from "How to Live Forever."
  • A scene from "How to Live Forever."
  • Buster Martin in "How to Live Forever."
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The last Pirates of the Caribbean had the fellas looking for the Fountain of Youth. In the new documentary How To Live Forever, filmmaker Mark Wexler does the same thing. He visits countries that have a longer life span, and in what will be everyones favorite thing about the film, Wexler interviews the oldest living people on the planet.

Some are happy to talk with him; others like Buster, with a long beard and crazy eyes, sits there downing pints and smoking cigarettes, talking about the latest marathon he's going to run. And he tends to get snippy, especially when asked to repeat a line.

One clever thing in this documentary, is that every person speaking has their age show on the screen. Sometimes this makes us feel good about how we look, other times the opposite.

A few famous people throw in their two-cents. Phyllis Diller (who was much more fun in the documentary The Aristocrats), Ray Bradbury (the literary staple at Comic-Con each year), Willard Scott, Suzanne Somers, and Jack LaLanne, who passed away earlier this year at 96. Food critic Jonathan Gold would rather eat huge burgers and hot dogs, and enjoy life, even if that means dying at 60.

Some of the regular man-on-the-street interviews are amusing, but most aren't. It's odd that so many, when asked if they would want to live to be 500-years-old, said no. If you say no, you really haven’t thought out the question properly.

There are porn conventions in Las Vegas, but did you know that there's a funeral directors convention? [National Funeral Directors Association website] You can even try free samples of embalming fluids - so that whoever dies in Vegas, doesn't have to stay in Vegas.

How To Live Forever is certainly a lot more fun of a documentary than Forks Over Knives, which also has a lot of things that will help you live longer. In fact, this movie actually doesn’t give you much advice on how to live forever. The film does tend to meander, similar to what Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) does; make the documentary more about them, than the subject they initially presented.

For those that really want to live forever, take the route of San Diego baseball legend Ted Williams and have your body cryogenically frozen for $150,000. If you want to save money, it’s $80,000 for just your brain. I'd go that route, so they could hopefully give me a kickin’ body when they’re ready to bring me back with the Splendid Splinter.

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  • Rating: 2.5 of 5