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Men in Black (1997)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 2 July 1997 (USA)
A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

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Storyline

Based off of the comic book. Unbeknownst to other people, there is a private agency code named MiB. This agency is some kind of extra terrestrial surveillance corporation. Then, one of the agency's finest men only going by the name "K" (Tommy Lee Jones) , is recruiting for a new addition to the agency. He has chosen James Edwards (Will Smith) of the N.Y.P.D. Then, one day, a flying saucer crashes into Earth. This was an alien a part of the "Bug" race. He takes the body of a farmer (Vincent D'Onofrio) and heads to New York. He is searching for a super energy source called "The Galaxy". Now, Agents J and K must stop the bug before it can escape with the galaxy. Written by John Wiggins

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Men in Black - Protecting the Earth from the scum of the Universe. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for language and sci-fi violence | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$51,068,455 (USA) (6 July 1997)

Gross:

$250,690,539 (USA)
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Trivia

When K reveals there are about 1,500 aliens on Earth, and most of them are in Manhattan just trying to make a living, James asks "Cab drivers?". This is a reference to writer Douglas Adams's 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' novels, particularly the fourth novel 'So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish', where archivist Ford Prefect's entry in the Guide hints that driving a cab is a good way to make a living for aliens visiting New York City. See more »

Goofs

When Edwards moves the table during the "best of the best" test, the scraping sound begins before the table is moved. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nick the Van Driver: Goddamn bugs!
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Crazy Credits

The animals and aliens used in this film were in no way mistreated and all scenes in which they appeared were under strict supervision with the utmost concern for their handling. See more »

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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Workforce: Part 2 (2001) See more »

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We Just Wanna Party with You
Written by Jermaine Dupri, Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Bell), Claydes Smith, Snoop Dogg (as Calvin Broadus), J.T. Taylor (as James Taylor), George Funky Brown (as George Brown), Ronald Bell, Robert Spike Mickens (as Robert Mickens), Eumir Deodato, Richard Westfield, Otha Nash, Larry Gittens, & Dennis D.T. Thomas (as Dennis Thomas)
Performed by Snoop Dogg featuring Jermaine Dupri
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Fast moving science fiction comedy.
10 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie was really fun to watch the first time I saw it in theaters, upon subsequent viewings, however, it loses its luster. Still though, it is still a fun movie to watch. Unlike the sequel which rushes us through the story, this one takes a bit more time developing the characters even though it is only about ten minutes longer. Both Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are very good and funny, especially Smith because he is the new guy so he is seeing all the weird aliens and such for the first time. This is also something missing from the sequel. In the end though the reason I probably like this one so much is that it sort of reminds me of a Ghostbuster movie, and seeing as how we will most likely never see another sequel to that movie it is nice to see a movie sort of like it in that they are keeping tabs and hunting aliens rather than ghosts. The pug dog scene is funny, and the dog is not over used as in the sequel, and there is also a funny scene where Will Smith must deliver an alien baby...their main objective in this one is to track down an alien insect that has hijacked the skin of a guy and is trying to find a universe. If he succeeds the Earth is destroyed, of course Tommy Lee's character is so calm about the whole situation that you feel you have nothing to worry about. So for a funny movie that has great scenes of Will Smith training and becoming a Man in Black watch this film and do yourself a favor and skip part two...not that it was entirely bad, I liked it okay, but it just seems like an unnecessary sequel.


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