cranky home
Reviews since 1993:   A-E     F-N      O-Z    Posters       Who We Are and Why We Do What We Do         Search the Site

Your Donations support the Site

amazon.gif
Top Selling DVD     Books

BLU-RAY DVDs:
50 Shades of Grey
Exodus Gods and Kings
Grand Budapest Hotel
Imitation Game, The
Into the Woods

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Robocop
Selma
Theory of Everything
Ride Along
We're the Millers
The Great Gatsby
Akira
Avatar
The Avengers
Amazing Spider-Man
Girl w/ Dragon Tattoo
Dark Knight Trilogy
World War Z
Happy Feet 2
Iton Man 3 combo
Batman Begins
Dark Knight
Fifth Element
The Hangover
Hunger Games
James Bond 11 disc coll.
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Mission Impossible GP
Sherlock Holmes AGOS
Singing in the Rain
Snow White Huntsman
Star Trek Into Darkness combo
Star Wars Saga
21 Jump Street
Ultimate Matrix coll
X-Men First Class
X-Men Trilogy
X-Men Wolverine

 BLU-Ray for Family DVDs 
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Bambi
A Bug's Life
Cars
Chronicles of Narnia set
Coraline
Ghostbusters
Harry Potter 1-8 collection
Iron Man 2 combo
Kung Fu Panda
Lord of the Rings Trilogy Pinocchio
Pirates of Caribbean trilogy
Pixar short films
Ratatouille
Rio
Shrek the Whole Story
Sleeping Beauty
The Smurfs
combo
Snow White & 7 Dwarfs
Star Trek motion pictures set
Star Trek TNG Season One
Star Wars Saga (1-6)
Toy Story combo
Toy Story 2 combo
Toy Story 3 combo
Wall-E SE

OFCS

Search engine by FreeFind
Click to add search to YOUR web site!
click to search site

 DISNEY PIXAR DVDs
Alice in Wonderland
Bambi
Beauty and the Beast
Bolt
Cinderella
Coraline
E.T.
Kung Fu Panda
The Lion King
Mary Poppins 45th LE
Pinocchio
Princess Mononoke
Ratatouille
Rio 
Shrek the Whole Story
Simpsons Movie
Spider-Man Trilogy
Spirited Away
Star Trek movies set
Star Trek TOS (TV)
ST:TNG complete tv set
Star Wars Trilogy (1-3)
Star Wars Trilogy (4-6)
Toy Story DVD combo
Toy Story 2 DVD combo
Toy Story 3 DVD combo
Wallace and Gromit
Wall-E SE

Buy Movie collectibles
TV/Movie Collectibles

movie review query engine

NY film critics online

Privacy Policy


Click for full sized poster

What Planet Are You From?

Rated [R], 105 minutes
Starring Garry Shandling, Annette Bening
Story by Garry Shandling & Michael Leeson
Screenplay by Shandling & Leeson and Ed Solomon and Peter Tolan
Directed by Mike Nichols
website: www.sony.com/whatplanet/

IN SHORT: "It's Garry Shandling's Movie..."

...which is how the advertising folks should have billed this very funny flick, 'cuz none of 'em obviously watched the damned thing. Thus the ad campaign which implies that an alien being from a planet of men and only men, comes to earth to father a child and save his planet. Nope. The advanced society of said planet wants to conquer earth. It's said so right at the top of the flick, as Star Wars-like background titles roll up the screen. Why making one baby with an earthling would enable these aliens to conquer earth is beyond me, but logic needs no reason in this story, a perfect setup to Garry Shandling's type of reaction humor, which is firing on all cylinders in this flick.

And just forty or fifty years ago, all alien planets were stocked with busty, barely clad women, all desperately in need of a good shtup. Now, in the first Year Zero in a century, we are confronted with the intellectual and technological inhabitants of a Planet we'll call X, all male and all dressed in black and gray Armani suits, looking like the clones that they are. Without women, this society has gone beyond the need for emotions or relationships or the private parts that play such an important part in each.

Thus, H1449-6 (hereafter Harold Anderson) is dispatched to to Arizona, USA, to find and knock up one of our own. This being accomplished, their dastardly plan to do away with our various lifestyles would be underway . . . except that they've sent Garry Shandling. Harold's assignment has him posing as a loan officer at a bank, where an incredibly sleazy co-worker (Greg Kinnear) shows him the ropes of picking up chicks. One chick happens to be Susan Hart (Annette Bening) who has enough problems of her own and has dealt with them by deciding, among other things, not to have sex until she is married. Harold, whose mind is on nothing but procreation, pops the question after one date. From there on in, What Planet... quickly becomes a learning experience for the ET as to what relationships truly mean. Just as director Mike Nichols' The Birdcage wasn't as much about gay life as it was about families, so is What Planet... more about the male/female thing than alien conquest.

OK, we'll forgive the marketing people for this one...

What Planet Are You From? is a Garry Shadling comedy and it delivers all the chuckles you associate with GS, once again taking a concept fit for a trashy TV sitcom (and, yes, I do sorta kinda like 3rd Rock From The Sun, though it took awhile) and elevates it to a level of comedy fit for adults. Any fan knows that Shandling has made an art of creating inept, and intellectually funny, characters. Any fan will not be disappointed. With a very small dose of low-brow humor added to the mix, the folks just looking for a good time will not be disappointed, either.

John Goodman plays the FAA investigator hot on Harold's tail. Teevee faces Nora Dunn, Camryn Manheim play Susan's friends. Ben Kingsley plays Graydon, leader of Planet X (and while July 14 is still months -- and a different movie studio -- away, any X-Men fanboy is going to catch at least two very in jokes at the end of this flick). All are positive reinforcement to the gags.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Eight Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to What Planet Are Your From?, he would have paid...

$6.00

If you're not a Shandling fan, What Planet... is still a better than average time in the dark. For those of us that wonder why we should shell out for something that's been done in broad comic strokes on teevee . . . 'cuz it's funny. That's why.

Our LA based correspondent Paul Fischer sat with Annette Bening to talk about Planet, her American Beauty nomination and baby stuff (her fourth with husband Warren Beatty, due soon) for CrankyCritic® Star Talk

Click to buy films starring Garry Shandling
Click to buy films starring Annette Bening
Click to buy films starring Ben Kingsley
Click Here!

The Cranky Critic website is Copyright © 1995  -  2017  by Chuck Schwartz. Articles by Paul Fischer are Copyright © 1999 - 2006 Paul Fischer. All images, unless otherwise noted, are property of,©, ®, their respective studios and are used by permission. All Rights Reserved. Not to be used or copied for any commercial purpose. Academy Award(s) and Oscar®(s) are registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.