4.7/10
195
12 user 3 critic

Doin' Time on Planet Earth (1988)

PG | | Comedy
Through a series of extraordinary circumstances, an eccentric teenager believes he may be the alien prince of a distant planet, ready to lead his brethren home.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Defense Play (1988)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Professor Vandemeer works on a secret project for the US-Air-Force called DART: a very small helicopter for scouting and defense. When he gets killed, Colonel Denton gets under suspicion. ... See full summary »

Director: Monte Markham
Stars: David Oliver, Susan Ursitti, Monte Markham
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

Young people exploring a cave in Hawaii fall into a hole, wind up in the lost city of Atlantis.

Directors: Rusty Lemorande, Albert Pyun
Stars: Emo Philips, Paul Carafotes, Jackie Bernstein
Hot Chili (1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A group of American teenage boys goes south of the border to work for the summer at a Mexican resort. There they encounter many wacky guests and have zany adventures involving a German ... See full summary »

Director: William Sachs
Stars: Charles Schillaci, Allan Kayser, Joe Rubbo
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Matthau
Stars: Piper Laurie, Sissy Spacek, Walter Matthau
Freaky Deaky (2012)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Set in 1974, a pair of '60s radicals rely on their bomb-making skills on their way to becoming capitalists.

Director: Charles Matthau
Stars: Billy Burke, Christian Slater, Crispin Glover
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

In 1972 Vietnam, a group of United States Marines are sent in to rescue several POW officers. The Landing Zone (LZ) which should have been "cold" actually turns out to indeed be very "hot" ... See full summary »

Director: Preston A. Whitmore II
Stars: Allen Payne, Eddie Griffin, Joe Morton
Going Bananas (1987)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

While on vacation in a fictitious African country, the young son of a US senator, his guardian and their guide must stop the corrupt local police chief and the shady owner of a local circus from capturing their new friend - a talking ape.

Director: Boaz Davidson
Stars: Dom DeLuise, Jimmie Walker, David Mendenhall
Funland (1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

When a mob family takes over an amusement park after the owner dies under mysterious circumstances, the recently-fired clown mascot seeks vengeance for the loss of his job.

Director: Michael A. Simpson
Stars: William Windom, David L. Lander, Bruce Mahler
Down Twisted (1987)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a levelheaded waitress decides to help her shady friend against her better judgment, she becomes a target of a deadly international gang of thieves who are after a priceless San Lucas' relic. A bumbling stranger helps her.

Director: Albert Pyun
Stars: Carey Lowell, Charles Rocket, Trudy Dochterman
Under Cover (1987)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A cop goes undercover in a South Carolina high school. With the help of a local narcotics officer, he investigates the drug ring responsible for another cop's death.

Director: John Stockwell
Stars: David Neidorf, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barry Corbin
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

Filmed during the Lambada dance craze (if there really ever was one), this film tries to have a social conscience. A princess (Laura Herring) in the Amazon rain forests tries to fight a ... See full summary »

Director: Greydon Clark
Stars: Laura Harring, Jeff James, Barbra Brighton
Salsa (1988)
Romance | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Fatherless barrio Puertorican Rico is a menial car mechanic by day, but lives for the nights, when he dances and dates hot dancing girls, cockily convinced the title of Salsa king in fancy ... See full summary »

Director: Boaz Davidson
Stars: Draco Rosa, Rodney Harvey, Magali Alvarado
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Strouse ...
Ryan Richmond
...
Lisa Winston
...
Virginia Camalier
...
Charles Pinsky
Hugh Gillin ...
Fred Richmond
...
Dan Forrester
Timothy Patrick Murphy ...
Jeff Richmond
...
Edna Pinsly (as Candy Azzara)
Isabelle Walker ...
...
Mary Richmond
...
Marilyn Richmond
...
Richard Camalier
...
Minister
...
Helium Balloon Saleslady
...
The Jock
Edit

Storyline

Ryan Richmond is an eccentric teenager living with his mother, father, sister and brother in the Holiday Inn they own in Sunnyvale, Arizona, the prune capital of the world. Is it any wonder that he wants to go to Saudi Arabaia for college and leave Sunnyvale far, far behind? He spends his days at school with his sex-obsessed best friend Dan Forrester and lusts after Lisa Winston, the sexy lounge singer who his parents have hired to perform at the Holiday Inn. Stuck without a date for his brother's wedding to a senator's daughter, Ryan goes to a computer dating service, which asks him such questions as "Can you breathe foreign substances?" Soon, Ryan is told that he may be an alien stuck on Earth along with thousands of others. Soon, Charles and Edna Pinsky show up and tell him that he may an alien prince meant to lead his brethren home. And that's when things get out of control... Written by Kyle Palkowski

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A story of teenage alienation.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

Boltsi hukassa, pallo jalassa  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Final film of Timothy Patrick Murphy See more »

Connections

Referenced in E! True Hollywood Story: Adam West: Batman Unmasked (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Charming.
21 November 2002 | by (The San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

This film has charm. Charles Matthau's first feature film has quirky appeal to it, but looks and feels very much like a high budgeted afterschool special. I mean that in a good way, because the film itself is well crafted, and the characterizations of the supporting cast puts a smile on this viewer's face.

The intro was particularly interesting, and helps draw you into the characters and their world. Unfortunately this aspect of the film is not carried on throughout, leaving the viewer to wonder exactly what happened. Even so the intro does a good job setting the overall tone for the film; an offbeat "teenage outcast come of age" type of movie.

Two highlights of this film are Adam West and Andrea Thompson. Adam West does a bang up job of portraying a well meaning neo-UFO-conspiracy-theorist, whose sole aim is to bring about certain events he as thinks they should unfold. He thinks he knows it all because the things he's seen, to him, seem to be falling into place for a really big event that'll solve all his (and his follower's) problems. Andrea Thompson plays the local "bad girl" who comforts our protagonist Ryan Richmond, and plays her part almost too well; by this I mean that when I saw her performance, to me, it seemed as if the producer's were trying to cut down on costs because the character she portrayed seemed so vaccuous at times, and I thought that was because of the actress. I was wrong. I've seen Andrea Thompson in other stuff and now know that her performance in this film was just a notch or two above everyone else, as she gave us the loner-chick in a leather coat. If she had played the character a little more light hearted the film might've benefittted some.

The underlying theme of the story is the outcast phenomena that occurs with many teens, and the pitfalls they face when confronted with people who seemingly understand them (but only on a very superfical level), and the disastrous consequences of such interactions when their true aims are made manifest. It's a good morality play for adolescents, but even so the film lacks energy at points, and suffers some because of it.

There're a few laughs here and there, and if you're a film fan who likes interesting characters and quirky films, then this may prove to be a bonafide masterpiece for your collection. Otherwise, even though I enjoyed it, I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, as the mixture of off-beat comedy with teen angst strives for a goal that's a bit too ambitious for another otherwise fairly good film. Overall the comedy rides a low sine wave; some of the laughs are good, others not as much.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Doin' Time on Planet Earth (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?