What Planet Are You From? (2000)
Critic Consensus: Though What Planet Are You From? has some laughs, it's too inconsistent and bland for critics to give it their recommendations.
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as Harold Anderson
as Roland Jones
as Perry Gordon
as Don Fisk
as Helen Gordon
as Dr. Weitzman
as Drunken Lady
as Neighbor Woman
as Male AA
as Charity Woman
as Baggage Handler
as Baby Nurse
as Older Nurse
as Flight Attendant
as Hologram Woman
as Planet Man
as Other MD
as Heavy Man
as Dr. Tom
as Football Announcer
as Football Announcer
as Nervous Woman (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for What Planet Are You From?
Shandling and director Mike Nichols find a funny new way of packaging the old truth in What Planet Are You From?
Bening, even in a formula role like this one, is so lovable she actually makes you believe that she'd melt the resolve of a technocratic space visitor.
Consistently humorous, often downright funny.
A testicle-tweaking satire on men trying to get in touch with feelings most of them didn't know they had.
Easily the funniest movie of the year.
Audience Reviews for What Planet Are You From?
What Planet Are YouFrom? is not about the destruction of earth nor about the inane sex comedy a number of reviewers labeled/described it. The film explores the nature of male/female relationship quite well. Questions like: How do we meet each other? What are the female motives for entering the courtship dance? The female reasons? Why is communication between the sexes so difficult? What is about the birth of a child that can heal the saddest relationships? And on and on. The film doesn't pretend to offer much in the way of answers to these questions, but that's okay. It is enough that it simply raises them. As a science fiction flick, this is not much of a close encounter picture. But as a human drama packed with laughs, it's quite good. Near the end of the film, the audience is shown an exterior shot of Gary Shandling's planet for the first time. It is a Metropolis-like setting and is completely gray. This bit of symbolism is akin to the drabness of male existence without female companionship--towering and impressive as an edifice, but cold and colourless and empty as well.
I watched this movie really wasted, so I'm not sure if this review is really all that fair. From what I remember there are some great, funny scenes from a really talented cast. Kinnear has some really funny asshole moments and John Goodman seems to make anything work. Annette Bening is the definition of a cougar and really brings a real levity to a lot of really stupid situations. The film is cute and inventive at the opening, but then gets bogged down by some really lame stuff. Shandling is funny, but there is this whole running away from the bad guys scene which really turned the movie into a stupid chase film in an already reaching plot. Either way, not terrible and a good way to pass the time while you are waiting for everyone to pass out so you can fall asleep on the couch.
I can't believe Mike "The Graduate" Nichols directed THIS.
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