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Bumbling aliens plot to take over the earth, but instead elect a new Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.




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Credited cast:
Peter Bernardino ...
As Himself (as Lieutenant Peter Bernardino)
Dave Bollinger ...
Martin Crownover
Ken Hughes ...
DMV Clerk
Jason Long ...
Katie Martin ...
Teenage Test Taker
David Milam ...
Lord Goggles
Ivan Osredkar ...
Anthony Shafer ...
Louise Stark ...
Geri Zieker ...
Voting Volunteer


It's the Summer of 2003 and California's governor, Gray Davis, is embroiled in a heated recall election campaign. In a last ditch effort to remain in power, he signs a controversial bill, SB60, allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. Meanwhile, an extra-terrestrial scout is arrested for driving without a license in his preparation to attack Sacramento. Instead of foiling the plot, the arrest inadvertently allows the aliens to become a driving force behind the gubernatorial recall campaign. But when the new governor's allegiance is questioned, the jailed alien scout must begin grooming his truly loyal cell-mate for their next phase of attack... Written by Jason Long

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California's driver's license loophole... just got bigger! See more »


Comedy | Short





Release Date:

1 April 2005 (USA)  »

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$1,000 (estimated)

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Originally made for Lucasfilm's employee-only film festival "The Backyard Film Contest", but its timely subject and smart script gave it legs on the festival circuit. See more »

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An amusingly dippy sci-fi comedy short
6 September 2009 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

A race of bug-eyed, bald-headed, green-skinned extraterrestrials plan on attacking Sacramento, California. After one of their number gets arrested for driving a car without a license, the other aliens immediately apply for driver's licenses at the DMV. The nefarious Martians then start aggressively campaigning for Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Governor of California because he portrayed the lead in "The Teriminator" and hence should be sympathetic to their cause. Alas, the bumbling would-be invaders' plan backfires when Arnold comes out against illegal aliens in California. Undaunted, the aliens decide to get Michael Jackson elected as President of the United States. Director/co-writer Anthony Shafer whips up a hilariously goofy romp which zips along at a constant snappy pace and delivers a fair share of solid belly laughs (keep your eyes peeled for an inspired cameo appearance by Jar-Jar Binks!). The aliens and their wacky antics are quite funny in an admittedly dopey sort of way and the tone is downright infectious in its giddy silliness. The cinematography by Larry Huntington, Kraig Jorgensen, and Ted Robb gives the film a nice polished look while Terry Huntington's suitably cornball and lively score hits the zany spot. An enjoyably inane hoot.

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