Jenny Hayden never did get over the death of her husband. So when an alien life form decides to model "himself" on the husband, Jenny is understandably confused if not terrified. The alien, or Starman, as he is called, has a deadline to meet, and kidnaps Jenny in order to meet it. Written by
Starman and Jenny are driving in the Mustang just before the near-miss with the tractor-trailer; the sun is seen to be shining through the back window of the car, to their rear. After they pass through the intersection narrowly avoiding a collision, the sun is shining on the car from the front. See more »
[the Starman has followed a trucker into the men's room. He stands and observes the trucker using the urinal and smiles at him]
Every goddamn place you go!
[Trucker zips up angrily and moves to leave. Starman tries the new phrase and gesture he'd just learned from observing the full-service pump attendant]
[gives a thumbs up]
Take it easy.
[gives the middle finger]
[the trucker leaves Starman to ponder this experience alone]
[gestures thumbs-up with one hand, mouths]
Take it easy...
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I'm amazed more people didn't point out the similarities in plot to E.T. when this adult version of basically the same tale came out. Maybe it was because Jeff Bridges performance is absolutely mesmerising, that you're much more interested in the characters than the plot, so you don't notice.
Basically, a perfect little movie. Beautifully and simply set up, the characters develop naturally in such a way that keeps you hooked right through to the end of the film. The strength of the central relationship distracts you from little infelicities, such as the fact that "Jennyhayden" seems remarkably incurious about her alien visitor - even after she gets to know him, it's not until he's about to leave that she asks him what his world is like! The film nicely points out the irony of our having extended welcoming greetings to the Universe, while our own mutual distrust causes us to shoot down every unexpected flying visitor. Having established that, however, Richard Jaekel's character seems to be pursuing the violent solution for its own sake without really exploring any motivation. When Charles Martin Smith points out that our behaviour does appear a little rude, Jaekel doesn't even have an answer for him - he's just going to try to kill the alien because that's his role in the movie I guess!
"Do you know what I find most beautiful about you? You are at your best when things are at their worst."
Well, it has been 19 years - I guess that the "boy baby" has grown up. Time for the sequel, methinks!!
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