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A terrific movie you might have missed

June 13, 2012

What Planet Are You From:

Directed by the immensely talented Mike Nichols.  Starring Gary Shandling, Annette Bening and Greg Kinnear, with John Goodman and Ben Kingsley in major supporting roles.  All do absolutely terrific work.  Shandling was one of the writers as well, and clearly the man has a major comic mind.

I don’t think this 2000 film did very well, and it wouldn’t surprise me if you, like me up to a few days ago, missed it.  I say, don’t waste any more time.  See this movie.  It is absolutely hilarious – moving as well.  Kingsley, fairly early in the film has the best line, as well as the best exit – his first, as he, happily for the viewer, keeps showing up.

This is a sci-fi/comedy/romance, and it works on all levels.  Bening is a spectacularly gifted actor, and Kinnear, Goodman and Kingsley all had moments that forced me to rewind and view certain moments again (sometimes 3 or 4 times) just because they were so delicious.

This movie not only should have been more widely viewed, it should have won awards.

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