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½ August 20, 2015
just ok reminded me of 'trading places'
½ February 18, 2014
The 2/3 of the movie that works is funny enough to make it worth recommending.
½ November 11, 2012
My favorite scene is the cult leader giving the sermon with the "begats", as in Happy Days begat Laverne and Shirley.
July 28, 2012
Can't believe I ever missed this one!
March 11, 2012
Directed by Woody Allen writer Marshall Brickman, "Simon" is the story of Simon Mendelssohn, a professor who reach exceeds his grasp. He's given plenty of rope (in the form of sensory deprivation) by a government-funded think tank led by Becker (Austin Pendleton). Becker and his team brainwash Simon into thinking he's been genetically created by aliens, in order to see how the public will respond to an extraterrestrial in their midst. Naturally things spiral out of control, with Simon coming to regard himself as a modern prophet with a mission to repair society from the decay of junk culture. Unfortunately, the satire is a bit scattershot, with the script wandering about in order to accommodate everything. Overall, it feels more like an uneven mid-seventies Allen film than one made five years later, but Brickman creates the magazine fame montage four years before "Ghostbusters" - not to mention linking "toaster" and artificial human well before "Battlestar Galactica". There's a bunch of good one-liners, a funny bit about the cult of television, and some sweet moments in the last third.
February 10, 2012
One of my all time favorite movies.
August 31, 2011
Can't believe I ever missed this one!
½ January 30, 2011
Why is this not on Netflix?! It's a classic. What a cast!
November 30, 2009
his is, apparently, supposed to be a clever biting satire along the lines of Dr. Strangelove or perhaps Network, but it fails miserably. Dreadfully pretentious, Marshall Brickman's direction is insulting. I was not in the least bit amused.
May 14, 2008
Alan Arkin is so underappreciated.
April 13, 2008
the co-writer of SLEEPER/ANNIE HALL & MANHATTAN proves that he was almost the charlie kaufman of his day. if only he'd been allowed to make more filums. got a feeling he went the way of the script doctor and has been quietly tinkering with hollywood drivel for years. he also made the excellent MANHATTAN PROJECT and very little else. this is basically SLEEPER territory with Arkin's psychology professor brainwashed into believing he's an alien. not quite hilarity ensues
February 1, 2008
Simon is sooo good in this!
December 27, 2007
Negrelli have you seen this? Put this down for the Alan Arkin retrospective.
½ September 28, 2007
Not dissimilar from Woody Allen's brilliant Sleeper (co-written by Marshall Brickman), Adam Arkin plays an idiot-philosopher. Convinced he is an alien, born of a toaster oven, Simon ends up leading a cult group. Naturally. It seems that Brickman had a few more jokes left over from Sleeper so he wrote Simon. There's an incredibly funny scene when Simon is brought out of the sensory deprivation tank (oh, what can't they do?) and evolves from a single cell organism to a fully realized idiot.
½ October 29, 2006
2.5/10. This is, apparently, supposed to be a clever biting satire along the lines of Dr. Strangelove or perhaps Network, but it fails miserably. Dreadfully pretentious, Marshall Brickman's direction is insulting. I was not in the least bit amused.
½ May 9, 2006
[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.

Strongly recommended
½ October 2, 2005
Lavoura Arcaica - 10
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