Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1988. Weintraub Entertainment Group, The Catalina Production Group. Screenplay by Jerico, Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris, Jonathan Reynolds. Cinematography by Richard H. Kline. Produced by Franklin R. Levy, Ronald Parker. Music by Alan Silvestri. Production Design by Charles Rosen. Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers. Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas.
Kim Basinger is such a delightful heroine in this inane comedy, making it a shame that it is otherwise a waste of time. She plays an alien from outer space who arrives on Earth and takes the form of a perfect specimen of femininity in order to better examine life on the planet. Her mission is to find out how it is possible that a nerdy scientist (Dan Aykroyd) sent a huge wave of energy into outer space and threatened life on her planet as she knows it. Upon meeting him, she immediately seduces and marries him in order to stay close to her target, eventually befriending his spunky daughter (Alyson Hannigan) and discovering the joys of human living. Meanwhile, her superior is a weird-looking alien who lives in her handbag and is responsible for keeping her mind on her work while she gets carried away with earthly delights like ham on rye sandwiches…with mayo! Basinger is a riot, making breakfast and reading Shirley MacLaine with her armbone, but the comedy of this film is purely concept-oriented and never gets anywhere witty with any of its situations. Fun costumes help, plus a supporting role by the always hilarious Jon Lovitz as Aykroyd’s girl-crazy brother.