My Favorite Martian


My Favorite Martian

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Loud, effects-ridden comedy with no real humor.



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My Favorite Martian stars Jeff Daniels as Tim O'Hara, once a newspaper man and now a struggling television producer in Santa Barbara. Tim has a crush on vapid news reporter Brace Channing (Elizabeth Hurley) while overlooking his feelings for Lizzie (Daryl Hannah), a technician working at the station. Driving home one night, Tim wanders upon the crash landing of a spaceship from Mars. The Martian inside (Christopher Lloyd) has come to Earth searching for a fellow Martian who had been lost here 35 years ago. After the crash, he hides on the beach and shrinks his spaceship to the size of a toy to avoid detection; Tim finds the ship anyway, and takes it home. With little choice, the Martian, aided by his sentient and very neurotic spacesuit, follows Tim home and reveals himself. Tim sees the alien as his ticket to the big time, but the Martian, now masquerading as Tim's Uncle Martin (thanks to some Martian gum that transforms his appearance to that of a human) thwarts Tim at every turn. Just as he gets the video he needs for his story, O'Hara develops a friendship with his planetary neighbor and new "Uncle." The two suddenly find they are racing against the the clock -- a government team, led by a wacky scientist (Wallace Shawn), hunts Martin down, and the spaceship (a rental) is on a timed sequence to self-destruct if it cannot be repaired in time. Along the way, Tim loses his infatuation with Brace and finds his true feelings for the loyal Lizzie. Martin might also find his lost friend on Earth, just as he has found new ones.


Christopher Lloyd
as Uncle Martin
Jeff Daniels
as Tim O'Hara
Elizabeth Hurley
as Brace Channing
Wallace Shawn
as Dr. Edward Coleye
Christine Ebersole
as Mrs. Lorelei Brown
Michael Lerner
as Mr. Channing
Ray Walston
as Armitan
Steve Bond
as Head of SETI
Jean-Luc Martin
as Guard at Gate
Wayne Knight
as Zoot (Martin's talking space suit)
Dawn Maxey
as Salesgirl
Michael Chieffo
as Earl Metz
Troy Evans
as Captain Dalton
Arthur Senzy
as Cmdr. Murdoch
Charles Chun
as Radar Controller
Michael Dempsey
as Van Gundy
Dee Anne Helsel
as Dressing Room Woman
Joe Garrett
as Hardware Store Employee
Lorin McRaley
as Cool Dude
Ken Thorley
as KTSC Floor Manager
Tom Hallick
as Howard Greenly
Barry Pearl
as News Director
Buck Kartalian
as Muscle Man
Christian Keiber
as Guard at Clearing
Howard H. Ross
as Newspaper Man
Allan Kolman
as Scientist
Pamela Gordon
as Scientist
Frank Cavestani
as Tanning Contest Emcee
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  • Jan 14, 2016
    I am into comedies of various types, especially ones from my childhood and this happens to be one of them. 'My Favorite Martian' is truly a fun and amusing film with an amazing cast and the overall premise makes this film worth watching. Some of the humor in this is pretty immature, but that doesn't stop most people from wanting to see this good comedy that doesn't get mentioned a lot. Just a good "out of this world" comedy that the family can enjoy and have gut busting laughs.
    David T Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2015
    Here is an effort wherein you feel sympathy for the actors wading through the dreck but especially for Ray Walston, blessed (you would hope) to be in the movie of the popular television series he helped establish ... and this is what they give him. Where did I put the bottle of prescription painkillers and the bottle of tequila? Have you heard of this movie? There's a reason you haven't.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2008
    This is probably what put Christopher Lloyd's career into thte shitter...too bad he's the man
    Karl V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2007
    Entertaining but kinda dumb.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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