[size=3][font=Tahoma]This movie has so many things that make you go "oh really?" that you need to watch it a couple of times just to catch it all. The interesting thing at the start is the really black mood of the country coming out of the 1970's. Oil embargos, embarrassment in Vietnam, Jimmy "Malaise" Carter as President for goodness sake!
So all the bad things that have happened come down to the Institute for Advanced Concepts and the director - Dr. Arnold Becker. There are 5 guys who were put together to think about solutions to problems, "you know--war, hunger, that sort of thing". When asked what happened, he simply replies that they "moved on to more interesting material".
Upon reading a new story that a majority of Americans believe that we have been visited by extra-terrestrials, the group at the Institute decides to give them what they want. An extra-terrestrial.
Of course, to do this they first need to find the right orphan--since an extraterrestrial must not be traceable to earth-born parents. And then we get to Dr. Simon Mendelson (Alan Arkin). He is a sociology professor who's favorite saying is, "You can move the world with an idea, but you have to think of it first!".
Simon is offered a position at the institute with all the equiment and time he needs to do his research on a "general theory of creativity". And he gets a beautiful assistant in Madeline Kahn, who fulfills his every dream. She also obtains samples of his bodily fluids for the team at the Institute.
Simon has been experimenting with sensory deprivation chambers (those sure passed through their fad stage quickly, didn't they?) and instead of having him come out after 1 hour, the team at the Institute leaves him in there for 200 hours. His brain turns to tapioca and when he is brought out he is given a new birth memory - that his mother is an extra-terrestrial and he is an engineered being--a toaster as it were.
At this point he starts cooking. The Institute announces their ET, the press shows up and is wowed, and Simon starts issuing rules that he wants written into the Constitution to make everyone's life better. Some of them include:
[/font][/size][list][*][size=3]All politicans who appear in public have to wear a cone-shaped party hat[/size][*][size=3]Anyone who owns a factory that makes toxic waste has to take it home with him at night[/size][*][size=3]We don't need a House and Senate, the Romans got by with just a Senate so why can't we?[/size][/list][size=3]Simon's escapades and announcements make for a rip-roaring good time.
Strangely enough this move is aimed at adults, which shows just how much the movie business has changed in the past 25 years.