Registrar Walter Mitti (Ben Stiller) works in department of photonegatives there is no time popular, but now the magazine preparing for closing. His life is boring and measured, and it will often run from it in the world of imaginations where Walter sees itself that the superhero, the hero lover. When the well-known photographer traveler Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn) sends a new selection of negatives to the magazine and recommends to put the 25th shot on a cover, Mitti finds out that the 25th shot in a parcel is not present. As his chief (Adam Scott) demands, that the negative was as soon as possible transferred in imposition, Walter goes on O’Connell’s searches – at first to Greenland and Iceland, and then to Nepal and Afghanistan.
The Life magazine in which the header hero works, in reality ceased to leave in 2000. Now there is no even a site life.com. It closed in the 2012th
Since Ben Stiller became famous thanks to "Kabelshchik" and «All without mind from Mary», we know, for that from it to wait. And as from the actor, and as from the producer and the director. Comedies, comedies, comedies … Usually ironic and with silly humour and almost always the commercially successful. Many stars could envy Stiller’s stability, but the actor, seemingly, is weighed upon it. Therefore his new picture is removed in other key. In it there are rather stupid and ridiculous colloquial scenes typical for Stiller – for example, Mitti’s hilarious acquaintance to the drunk Greenland helicopter pilot («In our country there live only five people and a polar bear!») – but «Improbable life» tries not to make laugh the most part of time, and to inspire the audience.
The story of satirist James Terber published in 1939 «Walter Mitti’s secret life» already was picturized in the 1947th. Norman Maklaud’s comedy musical is considered the Hollywood classics
The film directly tells audiences:« Forget the silly imaginations and finish to pretend to be heroes, if in life you – office plankton. Spit money, spit the family, spit everything that prevents you to go to the Himalayas and to see, how the sun slides on majestic tops. Do not dream – live! Risk every day. Jump from helicopters, struggle with sharks, give house fruitcakes to the Afghan field commanders. Also be not afraid – all this dangerously only on paper. At you everything will turn out! And, of course, for adventures preparation is not necessary. Look – Walter Mitti sat still yesterday at office, and today it, without having been out of breath, storms mountains. And only also it is possible to call it life. And if you instead of mountains storm an electric train not to be late for work, you are a sucker who waits for nothing, except dismissal and loneliness. So be not as Walter Mitti earlier, and be as Walter Mitti now. Then you will have a heap of "podmigivaniye" on dating sites, and you will be not not excited by such trifles, as the relations with the chief. Because after the Afghan terrorists you any more will not be frightened of the New York boss with ridiculous borodishchy».
Think, we sneer and we exaggerate? At all. Stiller, almost 50-year-old father of two children, shot the film which looks through pink glasses and preaches teenage maximalism. From the point of view of Mitti’s "Life" is reputable not when carries out the duties, accurately pays accounts and cares of elderly mother and the useless sister, and when профукивает all money for the most dangerous travel which is not necessary for anybody, except him (the magazine can quite do without «the remarkable photo», especially if it is a question of its last number). And if field commanders, without having coveted a fruitcake, took Walter hostage? Urging to stick to dream and start to live, "Life" draws «the real world» which is even more sugary and improbable, than «the Hollywood reality» Mitti’s imaginations. At least, they are accurately marked as unrealizable dreams.