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Men in Black Training Video: UK (2002)

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An one-joke short that can't stretch to even 5 minutes - slightly amusing at best
26 April 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Agent T delivers a training video to us would-be Men in Black. He points out things to look for in people that would indicate that they are actually aliens. To illustrate his point he shows interviews with British celebrities that contain subtle clues as to their actual identities.

Judging by the IMDB entries, this film was clearly tailored for release in different countries with the DVD. Hence we have one for the UK market that I watched. I think the only difference must be the choice of celebrities and the dialogue of Agent T stays the same. The idea is quite good but it is only one idea and has nothing else to really give. Once you've had one celebrity say something in an interview that reveals them to be an alien it isn't as funny the second and third time.

So with no expansion on the idea it only leaves the celebrities to keep you watching. Sadly on the UK version (and many others I imagine) they are quite B-class. In the UK we had model Caprice, kids TV presenter Vernon Kay and daytime TV host Richard Madeley. None of them really are funny in their own right and hence the film has nothing to offer apart from the one joke that isn't really that funny.

The production also feels very like some form of cheap TV spot. The set is very cardboard (especially in contrast with the sets in the actual film) and the `aliens' are crudely drawn. Patrick Warburton's delivery is very wooden and doesn't bring any sort of life to it - I guess he knew he was acting in a mass product that would be mixed with material he'd never see so it's hard to react. To me he is always Puddy from Seinfield - a role where his wooden acting style worked perfectly. This could have benefited from Tommy Lee Jones in the role and some better lines!

Overall this will never be seen on it's own but only as part of the actual film package. As an extra it is a distraction and nothing more, if I had seen this on it's own as a product I would have been really let down. As it is, it was of little amusement and consequence that I've already started to forget it as I type this revi....


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