WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM REVIEWED
“What Planet Are You From” came in a weird period for Mike Nichols. In 2000, Nichols was in the start of that HBO TV movie making phase. Unfortunately, the TV movies were Oscar caliber and the features were loose comedies and genre mishaps. So, what happened? Garry Shandling and Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan teamed up on the script. The film got greenlight with a solid cast and budget. But, why didn’t audiences take to a film about a comedian alien with a buzzing dick who wants to impregnate a human woman?
I don’t really have an answer. I remember this film being in theaters. Hell, I think I still have a poster for it. The movie arrived in the Spring and left before the first hint of Summer. Audiences skewed towards middle age, but no one seemed to hate it. However, it’s not like it was remembered at all. Goodman milks the best comedic material out of his FAA agent bit, but it feels like it belongs to a comedy from the mid 1960s.
Annette Bening tries her ass off to make sense of the possible romance between her and Shandling. All the while, you can see Shandling dying in the fact that the comedy is getting lost in the concept. Sometimes sincere efforts don’t product stunning works. That being said, give it a chance.
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 3/7/17
The Plot Thus Far
A highly-evolved planet, whose denizens feel no emotion and reproduce by cloning, plans to take over Earth from the inside by sending an operative, fashioned with a humming, mechanical penis, to impregnate an earthling and stay until the birth. The alien, Harold Anderson, goes to Phoenix as a banker and sets to work finding a mate. His approaches to women are inept, and the humming phallus doesn’t help, but on the advice of a banking colleague, he cruises an AA meeting, meets Susan, and somehow convinces her to marry. The clock starts to tick: will she conceive, have a baby, and lose Harold (and the child) to his planet before he discovers emotion and starts to care?