A nerdy teen-age girl goes looking for her missing archaeologist father, and stumbles into a strange subterranean civilization.

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Charmin'
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Roeyis Freki / Auntie Pearl
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Wanda is a shy plain girl with a very boring life. When her father, an archaeologist, disappears on an expedition, she flies out to look for him. She ends up in an underground world, where no one believes in a surface world. Except for the secret police, who think she and her fathers are spies. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The last name for the main character is taken from Arne Sakneusemm, the Icelandic scientist who traveled to center of the earth in Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth". See more »

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Kathy Ireland briefly loses her squeaky voice when she's doped up on the table. She laughs and says in a deeper voice (probably her real one), "You think I'm an alien?" See more »

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Wanda Saknussemm: Bitchin'!
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Interspersed during the credits is the Anchorman, giving reports about Wanda's existence (or lack thereof) as he gets conflicting reports from Crassus and Rykov. See more »

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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Alien from L.A. (1993) See more »

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I don't love "L.A."....
27 September 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kathy Ireland: the body of a goddess, the face of an angel, the voice of a Smurf.

And the acting talent of a shovel full of calcite. If you don't believe me, check this out: "Alien from L.A." actually depends on her to act throughout 9/10 of the movie! Sure, she ends up in a nice red bikini top and a wrap-around skirt near the end, but that's too little (so to speak) too late.

Seems Ireland plays the daughter of a renowned scientist who falls down into the center of the earth to find him. Along the way, she falls for a guy named Charmin (yes, like the toilet paper - make your own jokes) and finds out how "Mad Max" rejects live. Did you know that people that live down deep in the earth have Austrailian accents? Neither did I.

It's bad (it was MST'd, after all) and also a Golan-Globus production but after all is said and done, Ireland just basically looks lost, like she's trying to find where the photographers are so she can do a photo shoot instead.

And I don't blame her.

One star. And if you insist on watching this, do so with the sound turned off - save your eardrums.


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