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What Planet Are You From? (2000)

R | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 3 March 2000 (USA)
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A human-looking alien from a highly advanced but emotionless all-male society is sent to Earth to impregnate a woman and bring the child back to their planet. The alien ends up falling in love there. A suspicious F.A.A. Agent targets him.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writers:

Garry Shandling (story), Michael Leeson (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Garry Shandling ... Harold Anderson
Annette Bening ... Susan
John Goodman ... Roland Jones
Greg Kinnear ... Perry Gordon
Ben Kingsley ... Graydon
Judy Greer ... Rebecca
Danny Zorn Danny Zorn ... Randy
Harmony Smith ... Rita
Richard Jenkins ... Don Fisk
Linda Fiorentino ... Helen Gordon
Caroline Aaron ... Nadine
Nora Dunn ... Madeline
Cricky Long Cricky Long ... Janice
Camryn Manheim ... Alison
Ann Cusack ... Liz
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Storyline

A highly advanced civilization, whose citizens feel no emotion and reproduce by cloning, plans to conquer Earth from the inside by sending an operative, fashioned with a humming, mechanical penis, to impregnate a human and stay until the birth. The alien, Harold Anderson, goes to Phoenix as a banker and sets to work finding a mate. His approaches to women are inept, and the humming phallus doesn't help, but on the advice of a banking colleague, he cruises an A.A. meeting, meets Susan, and somehow convinces her to marry him. The clock starts to tick: will she conceive, have a baby, and lose Harold (and the child) to his planet before he discovers emotion and starts to care? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

To save his planet, an alien must find a woman on Earth to have his baby. There's just one problem.

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De quelle planète viens-tu? See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,008,746, 5 March 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,291,602, 26 March 2000
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Runtime:

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Garry Shandling says to Judy Greer "kitty likes to scratch." Judy Greer played a character named Kitty on Arrested Development (2003). See more »

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[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: At the far reaches of the Universe lies a planet of men who have advanced technologically beyond the realm of human comprehension. This is no breeding - they are a product of cloning, and their reproductive organs have shrunk and disappeared. All emotions have been bred out of this race and each succeeding generation has become more ambitious and driven than the previous one. They want to rule the Universe, and now they are planning their next takeover from the inside.
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Crazy Credits

Playing on the oft-noted resemblance between Annette Bening and the lady bearing the torch in the Columbia Pictures logo, Bening's face replaces the Columbia lady's. See more »

Alternate Versions

The German DVD only runs 87 minutes. At least 3 scenes from the trailer are missing. The subplots involving Linda Fiorentino and John Goodman's characters are mostly deleted. See more »

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References Adam Hart i Sahara (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungry for Love
Written by Eddie Miller and W.S. Stevenson
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of Masters International
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Mildly amusing date movie
12 March 2000 | by Bob Pr.See all my reviews

I was interested in seeing this because of Shandling's press for his HBO shows. The underlying premise for the movie seems based on the "Men are from Mars..." theme and it goes for many of that predictable type of gags, adding to it a repetitive use of the alien's (Shandling's) prosthetic penis that makes a humming noise when interested (energized). This strikes some people as being just hilariously funny and others as being either mildly amusing or possibly boring -- (as various as reactions to boogers or whoopee cushions can produce, but not necessarily for exactly the same people).

This is a cartoon-like farce that takes some liberties with reality. You won't like it if you insist that everything hang fairly tightly together and make logical sense. Annette Benning and John Goodman do nice jobs in their roles (in "American Beauty" she was one-dimensional -- here she has a broad range including vulnerability & hurt); without their roles the movie would have been lifeless.

Consider it as a light weight date movie with some value for suggestive comments; it can easily lead to saying things like, 'do I hear something humming?' or 'you've started something buzzing.'


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