The American Astronaut (2001)
In this outer space musical, Samuel Curtis, an interplanetary trader from Nevada, sets forth through a rustic and remote solar system when he finds out that his old nemesis, Professor Hess, is pursuing him and would like to kill him.
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Critic Reviews for The American Astronaut
It's a rockabilly space romp, often very bad but usually a visual treat.
A sui generis, love-it-or-hate-it exercise in homegrown American surrealism.
It's equal parts creepy, campy, funny, and tedious.
Like a very accomplished student film, amusing and annoying in just about equal measure.
A black-and-white, cardboard set, 1930's Buck Rogers-style musical romp.
It can be perceived as a pleasant antidote to the Hollywood mainstream comedy.
If Andy Warhol ever made a movie with Ed Wood, this might have been the result.
This musical epic is unlike anything I (or anyone I know) have ever laid eyes on.
Something somewhere between Six-String Samurai and Dead Man (but a science-fiction musical).
Every once in a blue moon some inexplicable force of cinema pushes all sanity and sense of aesthetics aside and leaves me defenselessly embracing a movie that has no apparent redeeming factor other than its cheesy eccentricity.
Accepting its darkness, warmth and gentle ridiculousness, you'll find yourself heartened, though you won't be exactly sure why.
A movie so goofy and affable about its willful, second-rate cheesiness that anger becomes a waste of time. You either go along with it or you don't go at all.
McAbee deserves much credit for not letting the obvious financial limitations constrain his imagination.
McAbee is unable to fashion a cohesive enough storyline to keep this bizarro space odyssey engaging throughout.
While The American Astronaut has the outlines of a potential cult favorite, it's too idiotic to sustain interest.
Quickly becomes an endurance test: like watching an old Carol Burnett skit that's not working, or a high school play that's trying to be bad.
Less engaging entertainment for us than perverse psychotherapy for writer-director-star Cory McAbee.
A hugely imaginative, genuinely weird cult item for only the most cynical and bizarre moviegoers.
Audience Reviews for The American Astronaut
A space pilot transports the Boy Who Saw a Woman's Breast from Jupiter to Venus to obtain a bounty in this surrealistic space-western musical. I was underwhelmed by this minor cult film; it has some great moments of absurd humor but often drags with sequences of inconsequential nonsense.More
Samuel Curtis: My father taught me to kill the sunflower.
Voice: Congratulations, Mr. Curtis. You are now awake. Two hours to Jupiter.
Here's a movie that very few will have ever heard of or get to see. It's definetely not for everyone, but I was entertained. It's strange how I like this film and not Eraserhead, but that's just how things are.
This is a sci-fi-western-musical surrounding the life of a space cowboy who encounters some other characters including his old nemesis who kills anyone just for being around.
This is very much a low-budget, independent feature. Despite being a film that takes place in outer space, the effects and props are handled Flash Gordon style.
The whole movie is done in a very surrealist fashion. It could be seen as a comedy, and there are funny moments involving the randomness and break outs into song. It could also be seen as slightly disturbing when dealing with the space cowboy's nemesis.
I also have to point out the soundtrack created by the lead singer of the band who wrote, directed, and stars in this movie, Cory McAbee. It's a good rock soundtrack.
Once again, this is not for everyone, but it also wont be seen by almost anyone, so if you like very random things that are strange or Lynch films, you might like this.
[Samuel answers the phone]
Professor Hess: Guess who this is?
Samuel Curtis: Professor Hess.
Professor Hess: That's right! You got it on the first try! For that, you get a kiss!
Samuel Curtis: I'll pass.
Professor Hess: W-what? You think I'd kiss you? You'd love it if I'd kiss you. And I would never kiss you.
Samuel Curtis: You said you were going to kiss me.
Professor Hess: I never said I'd kiss you. I never said that. You just want me to kiss you!
Samuel Curtis: Um... not really.
Professor Hess: Oh. I'm not good enough to kiss you. Is that what you're saying?
Increditablly weird and wonderful. If you like your movies normal and mainstream skip this one but if you like your movies quirky and off the wall you'll LOVE The American Astronaut (or at least I did). Sort of a wacky, black and white, outter space Rocky Horror Picture Show.More
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