What Planet Are You From?

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

In the future on a planet far away, men have lost what little emotion they had as well as their ability to procreate. But the plan to take over the universe requires raising a leader from the natural inhabitants of Earth. Taking the name Harold Anderson (Garry Shandling), one alien must find a willing woman, impregnate her and return with a baby to be raised in the alien culture. Harold infiltrates Earth and meets Susan (Annette Benning). But FAA examiner Roland Jones (John Goodman) suspects Harold may be an alien when hes found on all flights reporting unusual activity. Harold also discovers that getting pregnant and finishing the mission is not as easy as it sounds, particularly when emotions are rediscovered. This humorous look at relationships causes some chuckles, but even the all-star cast cant maintain the somewhat worn plot.

As might be expected, the film is filled with sexually related jokes, comments and actions. One recurring joke features the mechanical humming of Harolds artificial genitals when stimulated. Harolds quest for a compliant partner includes encounters with a topless dancer and a promiscuous stewardess. Thankfully, the film seems to promote marriage before having children as Susan requires a wedding before having sex with Harold. But Perry (Greg Kinnear), a married co-worker at Harolds cover job, finds adulterous sex more stimulating. Perrys wife also likes to stray as she picks up Harold in a bar. The story turns more serious when Harold discovers emotional bonds with Susan and the child he fathers. Several scenes feature graphic sex and nudity while vulgar language mixes with anatomical terms. In a somewhat surprising turn, the anatomical term for a mans reproductive organ is used more than the f-word. Although eventually showing redeeming qualities, WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM? suffers from a world of objectionable material.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 91232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (33) times - Mild 17, moderate 16

Obscene Language: Many (38) times - F-word 6, s-word 9, other 23

Profanity: Many (20) times - Regular 11 (G 3, J 4, C, GD 2, MG), exclamatory 9 (OMG 3, OG 6)

Violence: Few times - mild and moderate (man slapped, airline passengers tossed by turbulence, punch, shooting)

Sex: Several times - graphic and humorously referenced (in bed with various women, adulterous couple in bank vault)

Nudity: Several times in sex scenes and topless bar (breast, male and female rear); Near Nudity - several times (obscured nudity, men and women in underwear, sheer dress, cleavage emphasized, pornographic magazine foldout)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Almost constant (anatomical display during reproduction lecture, artificial genitals hum, man grabs/hits crotch, comments about picking up girls, sexual comments about anatomy, references to sex acts, woman flirts with man)

Drugs: Several times (alcohol in bar and w/meals, drunken woman at bar, cigarette smoking)

Other: Alien uses airline toilet for transport point, AA meeting joked about, premarital and adulterous sex condoned, woman has multiple religious symbols - says seeking higher power, not sure which one is right, alien says cant prove God exists - why look, woman insists marriage before sex, wedding vows initially demeaned but later upheld, man claims anothers work)

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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