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Phil the Alien (2004)

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When an alcoholic extraterrestrial living in a small Northern Ontario town finds God, his spiritual journey leads him on tour with a local bar in the feature debut of director Rob Stefaniuk. Soon after crash-landing in a remote Ontario town, innocent alien Phil strikes up a warm friendship with an open-minded young boy and a remarkably intelligent beaver. A stranger in a strange land, Phil eventually begins to fit in by drinking plenty of hard liquor and jumping in on jam sessions with the local bar band. Beneath the picturesque natural wonder of Niagara Falls, the General (John Kapelos) at the "Top Secret American UFO Base" plots to bring Phil to his base for a series of grisly medical experiments. Informed by his friend the beaver that there is a ship in Niagara Falls which he could use to get back home, the drunken Phil continues to spiral into alcoholism before attacking a cigarette machine and getting sent to prison. Having found Jesus during his stint behind bars, a rehabilitated Phil sets out on tour with the bar band while attempting to dodge the bullets of the General's feared assassin Madame Madame (Nicole deBoer). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Rob Stefaniuk
as Autopsy Doctor, Phil
Nicole deBoer
as Madame Madame
Joe Flaherty
as The Beaver [Voice]
John Kapelos
as The General
Jason Jones
as Agent Orange
Dwayne Hill
as Agent Blue
Mike Beaver
as Trapper
Nick Canakis
as Gabriel
Stefanie Rodriguez
as Young Madame Madame
Frank Meschkuleit
as Autopsy Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Phil the Alien

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Less than satisfying and frustrating to think of how great this could have been.

Full Review… | March 11, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A delightfully freakish comedy.

March 11, 2005
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Looks like it was shot on weekends by a bunch of students, with a loopy, derivative story and poor performances.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

Funny only in an I-can't-believe-they're-doing-that kind of way.

Full Review… | March 13, 2005
Georgia Straight

This low-budget Canadian comedy rocks the house like few others.

Full Review… | March 11, 2005
Jam! Movies

Amateurish and low-budget skit on film has its moments, but mostly in its first half. This film could be a lot more polished but the Canadian humor is genuinely funny.

November 10, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Phil the Alien

Not bad, not bad. This was Stefaniuk before Suck which probably deserves a similar rating. Funny at times but a wee bit inconsistent. Keep trying my man.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

I had heard so many negative things on this movie, had to watch it to see if it was as stupid as everyone said it was. It was rather dumb, but not horrible. The low budget is quite evident and it is indeed strange. In the long run it just doesn't work. Most of the acting is amateurish.

James Higgins
James Higgins

I rented this when I still worked at the movie store. I read the box and thought well, it's either going to be really hilarious or really lame. It turned out to be one of the funniest movies I had seen in a while.

Amanda Waid
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