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  • Summary: Director Mark Wexler embarks on a worldwide trek to investigate just what it means to grow old and what it could mean to really live forever. But whose advice should he take? Does 94-year-old exercise guru Jack LaLanne have all the answers, or does Buster, a 101-year-old chain-smoking, beer-drinking marathoner? What about futurist Ray Kurzweil, a laughter yoga expert, or an elder porn star?
    Wexler explores the viewpoints of delightfully unusual characters alongside those of health, fitness and life-extension experts in this engaging new documentary, which challenges our notions of youth and aging with comic poignancy. Begun as a study in life-extension, How To Live Forever evolves into a thought-provoking examination of what truly gives life meaning. (Variance Films)
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Aug 18, 2011
    75
    A cheerfully rambling documentary that's much more thought-provoking than the sum of its parts.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 15, 2011
    75
    If someone could give you a pill that allowed you to live for 500 years, would you take it? Not me.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 9, 2011
    70
    The prospects, advisability and potential methods of prolonging human life are examined in an engagingly multifaceted manner in How to Live Forever.
  4. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    May 9, 2011
    70
    How To Live Forever is less about how to delay or defeat death than a film about what gives life meaning.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 23, 2011
    70
    If there is a common thread, it's that for all these people life is not a passive activity. They live their lives, largely in the ways they've wanted to, and don't just wait around to see what's next.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Cogshell
    May 13, 2011
    50
    Much of the film is taken up with Wexler's musings about his own mortality and physical, shall we say, decomposition.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 7, 2011
    25
    Wexler gets tired of his own movie near the end of it. The viewer will get tired in 15 minutes.

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  1. Dec 22, 2012
    6
    An interesting take on various aspects of life span extension, including health issues and ethical issues and technical issues, tailored for the 40+ set. Certainly an enjoyable and informative hour and a half. Expand