What Planet Are You From?
This film is actually sort of fun in a way, because you get to watch Gary Shandling massively miscalculate his ability to be funny for more than five minutes, thereby relegating himself for the rest of his career to be cast as the "mildly amusing" pal in one Woody Allenesque film after another.
Why Shandling thought he could carry a movie is a complete mystery, since his particular brand of comedy involves pithy remarks and wayward glances. Such activity might be enough for a series on HBO, but do that for more than an hour in a film and even sedated octogenarians will develop enough rage to make an attempt on your life. Shandling, obviously more amused with himself than he should legally be allowed, came up with the idea of an alien from an advanced civilization traveling to Earth to bed a woman in order to save his dying race of men with no sex organs.
This would all be great fun if Shandling, and apparently director Mike ("The Graduate") Nichols, didn't hate women so much. Here's a brief description of the female characters in this film: slut (office secretary), slut (stewardess), slut (topless waitress), adulterous slut (Linda Fiorentino), former slut (Annette Bening), bitch (Caroline Aaron), bitch (Camryn Manheim), bitch (Nora Dunn), bitch (Ann Cusack). Anyone for a Tupperware party? In an attempt to impregnate somebody, Harold (Shandling), ogles the secretary, boffs the stewardess, the waitress, the former slut, and almost boffs the adulterous slut. Naturally, he ignores the bitches. In the end, he learns that babies should be with their mommies.
The good thing here is that a couple more movies like this one and Gary Shandling will be hard-pressed to get a gig hosting "Family Feud."
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